Creation of an androgynous female knight in Tredici canti del Floridoro by Moderata Fonte.

Zuzanna Hanuszewicz

(Uniwersytet Warszawski)
E-mail: zuzannahanuszewicz[at]
ORCID: 0000-0002-8475-3792
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2021.03.12
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2021, nr 1, s. 197-206

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The author of the article analyzes how Moderata Fonte characterised Risamante as an androgynous female knight in Tredici canti del Floridoro. The Italian woman writer, inspired by Matteo Maria Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato and Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, decided to write her own chivalric romance, in which she presented a new perspective on literary women warriors: Risamante is a protagonist in which female and male elements coexist harmoniously; that is not stigmatized by society, which allows her to express her androgynous personality.