Reading, Writing, and Reward: Dialogue and Identity in Petrarch’s Secretum
By Garth Clayton
Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol.28:1 (1997)
Introduction: Petrarch seems to have drawn a screen separating the Secretum and his Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (RVF), composing the former in Latin prose and the latter in vernacular verse. The Secretum is veiled in at least one other way as well, for it is far from being as self-contained as RVF; on the contrary, the intertext of the conversation between Agostino and Francesco demands much of its reader, particularly because the scholarly pair dispute not only by citing authorities, but also by arguing that the original context supports their side of the issues.