Petrarch and Chaucer on Fame.

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      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 third part of the paper advances the argument that though Chaucer, like Petrarch, was intimately familiar with the fickleness and absurdity of worldly fame, he betrays a longing for a posthumous literary fame. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      本文大致分成三部分:第一部分主要檢視喬叟之前一些代表性 作家如何看待因為文學創作而獲致的名聲。第二部分則爬梳佩特拉 克不同的作品探討他對追求不朽名聲的看法。身為人文主義早期的 鼓吹者之一,佩特拉克在不同作品中明確表達想要以文學成就獲致 不朽名聲的渴望。第三部分主要探究喬叟《聲譽之宮》中對名聲的 看法。類似於佩特拉克,喬叟對世俗名聲的短暫、不確定甚至荒謬 有深刻的體認及生動的描繪。但即使如此,本文將指出雖然喬叟並 未像佩特拉克一樣明確表達以文學創作達到不朽的渴望,然而他對 於追求文學史上一席之地的期待仍在字裡行間流露出來。 [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      1Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures National Chung Hsing University No. 145, Xingda Rd., Taichung 40227, Taiwan
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      WEI-KO SUNG. Petrarch and Chaucer on Fame. EurAmerica, [s. l.], v. 46, n. 1, p. 1–44, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 5 dez. 2020.
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      Wei-ko Sung. Petrarch and Chaucer on Fame. EurAmerica. 2016;46(1):1-44. Accessed December 5, 2020.
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      Wei-ko Sung. “Petrarch and Chaucer on Fame.” EurAmerica 46, no. 1 (March 2016): 1–44.
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