Marriage by Duel: Genealogies of the Warrior Woman

Eleonora Stoppino

in Genealogies of Fiction

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823240371
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240418 | DOI:
Marriage by Duel: Genealogies of the Warrior Woman

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This chapter focuses on Bradamante as a woman warrior, and explores the intersection of literary and historical genealogy. From the perspective of intertextuality, it surveys the presence of Bradamante as a character in the tradition of the cantari and poemi cavallereschi; from a political point of view, it considers these texts as the site of definition of gender within a genealogical structure. The chapter argues that the tradition of the cantari and poemi works as a “political unconscious” for the dynastic epic Ariosto attempted to construct. The principal texts considered are: Historia di Bradiamonte sorella di Rinaldo (Story of Bradiamonte, Sister of Rinaldo) (Brescia, 1490) and the Inamoramento de Carlo Magno (The Falling in Love of Charlemagne) (Venice, 1481). The reelaboration of these intertexts in the Furioso results in the construction of a genealogy of gender, problematically inserted within the genealogy of the dynasty.

Keywords: cantari; Historia di Bradiamonte; intertextuality; Marriage by duel; poemi cavallereschi; warrior woman

Chapter.  13820 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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