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A Local Habitation and a NameImagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance$
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Albert Russell Ascoli

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234288

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.001.0001

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Clizia's Histories

Clizia's Histories

(p.282) Chapter 8 Clizia's Histories
A Local Habitation and a Name

Albert Russell Ascoli

Fordham University Press

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

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