Matteo Largaiolli

The sacred parody in Italian literature (14th-16th centuries) between high and popular culture

The main aim of my project is to study the sacred parody, i.e. the ironic, polemical or critical imitation of holy practices, rites, figures and texts in the Italian literature of the 14th-16th centuries, in both highly cultivated and lower popular culture. By focussing on selected authors and textual genres (e.g. Boccaccio, Sacchetti, Alberti, Pulci, Folengo, Aretino), I shall explore the traditions of the sacred parody. I will also include the works of lesser known authors, such as Marco Rosiglia, Baldassarre Olimpo di Sassoferrato, Notturno Napoletano, as well as other anonymous works, like the prediche di Carnevale.

On the basis of this material, my research tries to classify the parody into types. Besides analyzing the main traits of the sacred parody with regard to the morphology, I will also study the development and the different perceptions of the sacred parody in various socio-cultural contexts.