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Genealogies of FictionWomen Warriors and the Dynastic Imagination in the Orlando Furioso$
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Eleonora Stoppino

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240371

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240371.001.0001

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The Paradox of Helen: Genealogies and Textual Hierarchies in Orlando furioso, Canto XXXIV

The Paradox of Helen: Genealogies and Textual Hierarchies in Orlando furioso, Canto XXXIV

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(p.88) Chapter Three The Paradox of Helen: Genealogies and Textual Hierarchies in Orlando furioso, Canto XXXIV
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Genealogies of Fiction
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Eleonora Stoppino

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240371.003.0004

This chapter centers on the figure of Lidia and the violence of dynastic foundation. It considers a particular case of intertextuality in the Furioso, and defines entrelacement as the principle by which models are organized and brought into conflict. The Lidia episode (canto XXXIV) reveals a complex web of references, in which a classical model (the Aeneid) is revitalized and reformed through a medieval intertext (the Cantari di Febus il forte, an Italian translation of a French prose romance). In this chapter, genealogy is considered as the literary technique that allows Ariosto to create a text which has multiple and conflicting meanings inscribed in itself, intertextual layers that acquire significance when read simultaneously. In the episode of Lidia, this particular use of entrelacement (realized at the intertextual level) allows Ariosto to expose the violence hidden in the social and literary narrative of marriage alliances.

Keywords:   classical models, Helen paradox, intertextuality, Lidia, Furioso character, marriage alliance, medieval models, woman, cause of war

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