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Petrarch At The Crossroads Of Hermeneutics And Philology: Editorial Lapses, Narrative Impositions, And Wilkins' Doctrine Of The Nine Forms Of The Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta

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The goal of this paper is to isolate a core constituent of Petrarch's intellectual and poetic identity, one that suggests that when handling Petrarchan texts even the non-philologist will benefit from acquiring the rudiments of Petrarchan philology. That framework of this paper furnishes the question of what is it about crossroads, this particular intellectual juncture, which is peculiarly Petrarchan? In composing the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, Petrarch took previously written lyrics and literally moved them in the process of arranging them in a new and to him significant order. In the case of Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta he tells us as much, when he writes "transcripsi in ordine" next to a cancelled poem in his draft notebook, for the ordo into which the poem has been transcribed is nothing less than an interpretive framework, one that we all in our different ways philologists and interpreters alike seek to discover.

Keywords: Petrarch; Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta; Wilkins' Doctrine



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