Decorum and indecorum in the Seconda redazione of Baldassare Castiglione's 'Libro del cortegiano'
The modern language review / Modern Humanities Research Association. - Cambridge
, p. 622-634
Between the "Seconda redazione" (1520-21) and the third manuscript (1524, published 1528) Castiglione rewrote almost half of the "Libro del Cortegiano". Where others have examined changes in socio-political and cultural references, this study focuses on dialogue interaction and on the specific use of decorum in opening and closing sequences of the debate in the "Seconda redazione". The rebellious behaviour of several characters and the general concern in Book III to guarantee them a fair and equal treatment point towards an open, informal, horizontal type of interaction, which will be swept away by the strict politeness rituals of the Cortegiano.