歐美研究季刊第46卷第1期 - page 1

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Vol. 46, No. 1
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March 2016
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Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
Petrarch and Chaucer on Fame
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Wei-ko Sung
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
National Chung Hsing University
No. 145, Xingda Rd., Taichung 40227, Taiwan
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Abstract
The aim of this paper is to make productive
connections between Petrarch and Chaucer by exploring
their conceptions of fame, particularly literary fame. The
first part is a broad overview of the idea of literary fame
before Chaucer’s time, focusing in particular on such
writers as Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, Statius, and Dante to
sketch out their different perspectives on literary
immortality. The next part examines various works by
Petrarch that are reflective of his attitude toward fame.
As the Church held sway in his time, Petrarch was acutely
aware of the emptiness of worldly fame and carried out a
profound dissection of its vanity, yet he could not
entirely suppress his longing for literary fame and avowed
this yearning throughout his works. Chaucer’s case is
trickier, mainly owing to his characteristic noncommittal
attitude. Through an analysis of the
House of Fame
, the
Received February 7, 2014; accepted June 26, 2015; last revised July 13, 2015
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he author is deeply indebted to the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful
comments and suggestions.
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