Professor Fabian Alfie to give lecture at Special Collections

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:00pm
Special Collections at the UA Main Library

Join us for a lecture by Italian faculty member, Professor Fabian Alfie, at the UA Main Library Special Collections. Professor  Alfie will talk on an important classic of Italian literature by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), the Decameron.  The literary work consists of a series of 100 stories by 10 tellers who escaped the Black Death of 1348.  Two hundred years later, although it was considered a model of literary Italian, the Decameron was suppressed by the Inquisition because of its bawdy content and anti-clericalism.  Professor Alfie will discuss the volume edited by Leonardo Salviati (1540-1589), who censored the Decameron in the hopes of preserving as much of Boccaccio’s language as possible for posterity. For more information, please visit the Special Collections website. 

Title: An Imperfect Rescue: Lionardo Salviati’s Edition (1597) of Boccaccio’s Decameron


  • WHEN: Weds. 18 April 2018 at 6:00pm
  • WHERE: Special Collections (UA Main Library)