Hopeless Love : Boiardo, Ariosto, and Narratives of Queer Female Desire / Mary-Michelle DeCoste.
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- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 
- Toronto Italian studies.
Toronto Italian studies
1 online resource (176 p.)
- Boiardo, Matteo Maria, 1440 or 41-1494 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Ariosto, Lodovico, 1474-1533 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Lesbianism in literature.
Desire in literature.
Transvestism in literature.
Italian literature -- History and criticism.
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- Book three of the Italian poet Matteo Maria Boiardo's epic poem Orlando innamorato (Orlando in Love) was published posthumously in 1494; in 1532, the poet Ludovico Ariosto published his final version of a sequel, Orlando furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando). At the end of his poem, Boiardo tells the tale of the princess Fiordispina's unfulfilled desire for the maiden warrior Bradamante, a story that Ariosto retells in the body of his later work. In Hopeless Love, Mary-Michelle DeCoste examines both versions of the Fiordispina and Bradamante episode using feminist and queer theory. DeCoste then links these treatments of queer female desire to their wider cultural contexts by exploring their antecedents in genres such as medieval romance epic and hagiography and by examining similar tropes in other sixteenth-century romance epics. An important work on a previously overlooked subject, Hopeless Love uncovers the diffusion of queer female desire in Italian literature and promotes a better understanding of sexuality in medieval and Renaissance Europe.
1 Warrior Woman/Lovely Lady
2 To Disguise and Deceive
3 Stopping without Ending
4 Concluding the Tale
5 Queer Female Desire in Cinquecento Comedy
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -159) and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
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- 10.3138/9781442697447 doi
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