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Hanning, Robert W
Serious play : desire and authority in the poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto / Robert W. Hanning
Alternate Title Desire and authority in the poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto
New York : Columbia University Press, c2010
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Subject(s) Comic, The, in literature
Desire in literature
Authority in literature
Subject Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. -- Criticism and interpretation
Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Criticism and interpretation
Ariosto, Lodovico, 1474-1533 -- Criticism and interpretation
Physical Description xviii, 286 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Ovid's amatory poetry: Rome in a comic mirror -- Chaucer: dealing with the authorities; or, Twisting the nose that feeds you -- Ariosto's Orlando Furioso: confusion multiply confounded; or, Astray in the forest of desire
Summary Through an imaginative analysis of Ovid's amatory poetry, Chaucer's dream poems and excerpts from the Canterbury Tales, and Ariosto's epic Orlando Furioso, Robert W. Hanning illuminates the contrast and continuities in often hilarious, always empathetic representations of bungled desire and thwarted political authority. He also documents the response of all three poets to the "authority" of cultural predecessors and poetic convention. Each poet lived through exciting times (Augustan Rome, Late-medieval London, and high-Renaissance Italy, respectively) and their outsider-insider status links them as memorable speakers of comedic truth to power. Providing fresh perspectives on Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto within their rich historical moments, Serious Play isolates the elements that make their work so appealing centuries after they lived, observed, and wrote
Series University seminars/Leonard Hastings Schoff memorial lectures

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