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Externi Thalami: The <i>Orlando furioso</i> as a Nuptial Epic

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823240371.003.0006
Externi Thalami: The Orlando furioso as a Nuptial Epic

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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

Chapter.  8401 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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