Ariosto the Lunar Traveller

Ita Mac Carthy

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This second part of a two-part essay on the theme of travel in the Orlando furioso reads Astolfo's journey to the moon as a means of gaining a critical perspective on the sixteenth-century court and an allegorical reflection oil the role and value of literature therein. Emphasizing the links between the episode and Menippean satire, it shows how Ariosto experiments with different narrative modes to yield original visions of the changing and infinitely complex world, to comment on the profession of writing, and to celebrate the power of poetry to be at once entertaining and instructive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalModern Language Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


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