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The Medieval Invention of Travel$
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Shayne Aaron Legassie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226442563

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226442730.001.0001

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Becoming Petrarch

Becoming Petrarch

(p.169) Chapter Five Becoming Petrarch
The Medieval Invention of Travel

Shayne Aaron Legassie

University of Chicago Press

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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