This chapter examines Machiavelli's lesser known, yet still estimable, comedy Clizia. While dramatizing, as in Chapters 4 and 7, the gendering of power and the power struggles between the genders, the play “performs” a studied confluence of literary and historical intertexts, blurring the boundaries between the two types of discourse, and in the process posing a number of key historiographical questions. Notably, among the intertextual relationships explored are those of Clizia to Machiavelli's own political-historical works, to Boccaccio's Decameron, Day 7, story 9 (the focus of Chapter 4), and to Ariosto's pioneering dramatic works.
Keywords: Niccolò Machiavelli, Clizia, Renaissance comedy, literature and history, historiography, intertextuality, Machiavelli and Ariosto, Machiavelli and Boccaccio, gender and power, private and public
Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.