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The Italian Romance Epic in the Age of HumanismThe Matter of Italy and the World of Rome$
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Jane E. Everson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198160151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160151.001.0001

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The Paradoxical Success of the Romance Epic: Ariosto and Beyond

The Paradoxical Success of the Romance Epic: Ariosto and Beyond

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(p.327) 9 The Paradoxical Success of the Romance Epic: Ariosto and Beyond
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The Italian Romance Epic in the Age of Humanism
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JANE E. EVERSON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160151.003.0009

This chapter argues that the success of the romance epic in Italy in the age of Humanism depended on the two phenomena to which this study has constantly drawn attention, and which together constituted the conditions necessary for its life and growth; the presence of the paradox, the challenge of the cultural environment of Humanism, and the intrinsic syncretism of the genre, its fluidity and open-endedness, which allowed modifications to be absorbed and implemented gradually and in differing mixtures according to the particular time and context.

Keywords:   romance epic, Italy, Humanism, cultural context

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