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Genealogies of Fiction: Women Warriors and the Dynastic Imagination in the Orlando Furioso

Eleonora Stoppino


This book is a study of gender, dynastic politics, and intertextuality in medieval and renaissance chivalric epic, focusing on Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso (1516–1532). Relying on the direct study of manuscripts and incunabula, it challenges the fixed distinction between medieval and early modern texts and reclaims medieval popular epic as a key source for the Furioso. Tracing the formation of the character of the warrior woman, from the Amazon to Bradamante, the book analyzes the process of gender construction in early modern Italy. By reading the tension between the representations of ... More

Keywords: Ariosto, Ludovico, Bradamante, Cantari, dynastic system, Este family, Ferrara, gender, genealogy, intertextuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823240371
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eleonora Stoppino, author
University of Illinois