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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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Externi Thalami: The Orlando furioso as a Nuptial Epic

Externi Thalami: The Orlando furioso as a Nuptial Epic

(p.149) Chapter Five Externi Thalami: The Orlando furioso as a Nuptial Epic
Genealogies of Fiction

Eleonora Stoppino

Fordham University Press

This chapter returns to the central figure of Bradamante, focusing on the anthropological models of endogamy and exogamy in relation to the Este politics of marriage as represented by Ariosto in the Rocca di Tristano episode (cantos XXXII and XXXIII). A complex section, interweaving different passages from the Tristan en prose and various traditions deriving from it, the episode offers a privileged angle from which to consider both Ariosto's view of the politics of marriage and his strategy of revision of the poem for the 1532 edition. Ariosto's conflicted representation of exogamy is apparent not only in the poem, but also in his works more strictly related to the Este court, such as the wedding oration for the arrival in Ferrara of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia in 1501. This chapter provides a historical background for the poet's uncertain attitude, analyzing wedding rituals and practices alongside their literary reincarnations.

Keywords:   Este family, exogamy, marriage politics, Rocca di Tristano, wedding, wedding orations

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