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Floridoro: A Chivalric Romance (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) [Hardcover]

Moderata (Modesta Pozzo) Fonte , Julia Kisacky , Valeria Finucci
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November 15, 2006 0226256774 978-0226256771 annotated edition
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.

Editorial Reviews


"The comprehensive and engaging introduction . . . gives a complete background, not only in historical and literary terms but also with regard to gender and the role of women, to this remarkable work. . . . A thorough, informative, and enticing treatment of this epic poem."
(Nathalie Hester Renaissance Quarterly)

"The translation flows easily; it is precise yet agile and it is well suited for scholarly as well as leisurely reading. . . . An excellent edition and translation, confirming the claiber of the texts included in the series."
(Maria Galli Stampino Sixteenth Century Journal)

A fine addition to the . . . series. It is accessible enough to use in the classroom, and scholarly enough to include in any research library."
(Alison Taufer Medieval Review)

About the Author

Valeria Finucci is professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. She is the editor and translator of Giulia Bigolina’s Urania: A Romance, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Julia Kisacky is senior lecturer in Italian at Baylor University.

Product Details

  • Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; annotated edition edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226256774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226256771
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,098,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Poetry in Translation October 23, 2008
An epic with a hint of the gothic that is set in the 1500s. The heroine is Risamonte, a maiden with superior prowess and strength in jousting and with undimmed beauty among females. To escape detection, she uses a disguise, such as a suit of mail. The original text is rhymed in ABABABCC in the Appendix; the English translation interweaves stories, which trail off then resurface, and the effect is to entertain the reader . The footnotes present a wealth of history about contemporaneous persons and politics. The introduction 'Moderata Fonte and the Genre of Women's Chivalric Romances' prepares the reader to fully appreciate this epic.
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