Floridoro: A Chivalric Romance

Floridoro: A Chivalric Romance

by Moderata (Modesta Pozzo) Fonte
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226256774

ISBN-13: 9780226256771

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The first original chivalric poem written by an Italian woman, Floridoro imbues a strong feminist ethos into a hypermasculine genre. Dotted with the usual characteristics—dark forests, illusory palaces, enchanted islands, seductive sorceresses—Floridoro is the story of the two greatest knights of a bygone age: the handsome Floridoro,

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The first original chivalric poem written by an Italian woman, Floridoro imbues a strong feminist ethos into a hypermasculine genre. Dotted with the usual characteristics—dark forests, illusory palaces, enchanted islands, seductive sorceresses—Floridoro is the story of the two greatest knights of a bygone age: the handsome Floridoro, who risks everything for love, and the beautiful Risamante, who helps women in distress while on a quest for her inheritance. Throughout, Moderata Fonte (1555–92) vehemently defends women’s capacity to rival male prowess in traditionally male-dominated spheres. And her open criticism of women’s lack of education is echoed in the plights of various female characters who must depend on unreliable men.

First published in 1581, Floridoro remains a vivacious and inventive narrative by a singular poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226256771
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Series:
Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Series Editors’ Introduction

Moderata Fonte and the Genre of Women’s Chivalric Romances 1

Volume Editors’ Bibliography

Note on Translation

 

Floridoro: A Chivalric Romance

Lettera autografa/ Dedicatory Letter

Prefatory Sonnets / Prefatory Sonnets

Canto 1

Canto 2

Canto 3

Canto 4

Canto 5

Canto 6

Canto 7

Canto 8

Canto 9

Canto 10

Canto 11

Canto 12

Canto 13

 

Appendix: Cantos 1 and 2 and excerpts from Cantos 4, 8, 11, and 13 in Italian         

 

 

Series Editors’ Bibliography

Index

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