The World beyond Europe in the Romance Epics of Boiardo and Ariosto

The World beyond Europe in the Romance Epics of Boiardo and Ariosto
By Jo Ann Cavallo
Toronto Italian Studies
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2013

This study offers a sustained examination of the presentation of eastern Asia, the Middle East, and northern Africa in two of the most important chivalric epics of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Matteo Maria Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato (1495) and Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso (1516). Comparing the narratological strategies used to depict non-European characters in these stories, Jo Ann Cavallo argues that Boiardo’s cosmopolitan vision of humankind increasingly became replaced by Ariosto’s crusading ideology, which emphasized a binary opposition between Christians and Saracens.

Cavallo addresses the poems’ mixing of imaginary sites and the geographical reality of a rapidly expanding globe, contextualizing them against current events and concerns, as well as ancient, medieval, and Renaissance texts influential at the time. As the prize committee for the Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies noted: “This articulate, engaging, and well-documented study represents an important work of scholarship in its cross-cultural considerations of Italian Renaissance epic poetry.”

Scaglione Publication Award - Modern Language Association (United States) - Winner in 2011
Other recent publications:
"On Political Power and Personal Liberty in The Prince and The Discourses." Machiavelli's The Prince at 500. 
John McCormick, guest editor.
 Social Research: An International Quarterly 81:1 (Spring 2014).

Public lectures and conference participation for fall 2013 and spring 2014:
2013  "On Political Power and Personal Liberty in The Prince and The Discourses." Liberty and Conflict: Machiavelli on Politics and Power, Columbia Univ., NY.
    "State power and personal liberty in the Prince." Symposium on Machiavelli: Then and Now, The Graduate Center, CUNY, NY.
    “Cross-cultural Encounters in the Romance Epics of Boiardo and Ariosto.”   Rutgers University Italian Graduate Association. New Brunswick, NJ.
2014    “The World beyond Europe in the Romance Epics of Boiardo and Ariosto.”          De Bosis Colloquium in Italian Studies, Harvard University.
"Triunfo da Camarino: A Servant's Dramatization of Papal Politics in Le Porretane." Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY.

Service to profession:
Italian Literature editor. The Literary Encyclopedia (http://www.LitEncyc.com).    July 2008--.  Elected to the Policy Committee of The Literary Encyclopedia, 2012--.