Du bellay's petrarchan politics: Violence and imitation in the olive and the deffence

Cynthia Nazarian*

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Abstract

This essay examines images of violence in the first French sonnet sequence, Joachim Du Bellay's Olive, alongside his protonationalist manifesto, the Deffence et illustration de la langue françoyse. Through the omnipresent imagery of violence that links these texts, Nazarian explores the wider political stakes of imitation in Du Bellay's works. The Olive showcases French poetic and cultural superiority through bloody images of mutilation and consumption of Italian sources, reshaping Petrarchism into an attack on Italy as beloved. The sonnets and manifesto jointly target the Holy Roman Empire of Charles V through shared metaphors of imperial conquest, looting, and war.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalModern Language Quarterly
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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