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<i>Clizia</i>'s Histories

Albert Russell Ascoli

in A Local Habitation and a Name

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234288
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241231 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.003.0009
Clizia's Histories

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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

Chapter.  10654 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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