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Becoming Petrarch

Becoming Petrarch

Chapter:
(p.169) Chapter Five Becoming Petrarch
Source:
The Medieval Invention of Travel
Author(s):
Shayne Aaron Legassie
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226442730.003.0006

This chapter considers Petrarch's depiction of elite travel in a group of letters addressed to Cardinal Giovanni Colonna and collected in his Letters on Familiar Matters. It argues that, as a sequence, the letters to Colonna trace the thought process that leads to Petrarch's skeptical late-career attitude toward travel, an ideological stance closely related to the humanist's diasporic subjectivity.

Keywords:   Petrarch, Letters on Familiar Matters, diaspora, gender, Cologne, Grand Tour, exoticism, Naples, Paris, Rome

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