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Female Writing And The Use Of Literary Byways. Pastoral Drama By Maddalena Campiglia (1553–1595)

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Contemporary research on the various aesthetical techniques in post- Tridentine Italian art and literature testifies to a growing interest in the work of Maddalena Campiglia. Campiglia's work and its immediate follow-up Calisa reveal the author's tendency to distance herself from the available literary models of her day and like Tasso she opts for clearly alternative aesthetical outcomes. This chapter focuses on the position of Campiglia in her intellectual environment first and then illustrates her alternative literary voice by analyzing the paratextual system of her pastoral drama. Maddalena Campiglia is nowadays studied for two main reasons. First of all, because of her irregular social position in late-Cinquecento Italy. And secondly, because of her surprising literary oeuvre, which is often linked to her life story. Flori is structured as a play in five Acts. An important Prologue in verse is presented to the audience by the character of Love.

Keywords: Flori; Italian art; Maddalena Campiglia; pastoral drama



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