ENGL240: Classics of the Western Heritage: Ludovico AriostoÔÇÖs Orlando furioso

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Biography in Context more information

A comprehensive database of biographical information on more that 150,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Search by name for Ludovico Ariosto for biographical and other information, including images, for this author.


JSTOR more information

Provides fulltext access to 450 core scholarly journals in the Arts and Sciences. Coverage begins with the first issue of each journal title. However, JSTOR does not include any articles from the most recent five years. For those you will have to search other sources, such as Academic Search Premier or Project Muse.

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A database covering a wide range of poets, poems, and subjects, encompassing poetic forms and traditions from around the world. Over 250,000 poems are included in full-text, including the complete poems of Shelley, Blake, Burns, Keats, Marvell, Poe, Unamuno, Heine, Baudelaire, and other major poets. Search for Orlando furioso under the poem search box to find references for this work.

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Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism more information

With coverage ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Richard Rorty and Edward Said, this work is an overview of major landmarks of criticism from classical antiquity to the present day, and presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements.  Search by Ariosto to find information for this class.

Magic in Boiardo and Ariosto more information

This e-book is a study of the element of magic in two Italian Renaissance epic poems, Matteo Maria Boiardo’s Orlando innamorato, and Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso.

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Myth of Charlemagne more information

This DVD, available in streaming video both on and off campus through Films on Demand, portrays Charlemagne and the myth of the Song of Roland, which inspired numerious works of chivalric literatture, such as Orlando Furioso.

Normans Fight the Moors more information

This short video from Films on Demand discusses how the Norman Vikings fought the Moors in southern Italy and ended 240 years of Muslim domination in Sicily, a conflict depicted in the puppet theatres in Sicily. 

Orlando Furioso more information

In 1969, Luca Ronconi directed a now-legendary theatrical adaptation of the Orlando Furioso for the Two Worlds Festival in Spoleto, Italy.   Filmed in 1975 for Italian television, this link shows the first episode, beginnning with Bradamante's encounter with Pinabello in Canto II, and reflects the declamatory, stylized approach evident in the Sicilian puppet theatre.  The production is in Italian.

Sicilian Marionettes - Orlando and Rinaldo more information

A You Tube presentation of scene 9 from the Opera dei Pupi in Palermo that shows Orlando fighting a dragon and  king.  Other scenes from the puppet theatre are available on this site.

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Naxos Music Library more information

Use Naxos Music Library to hear some of the music inspired by Orlando Furioso, such as Vivaldi and Bach.  Search by Orlando Furioso to pull up these works.

Nel profondo (Vivaldi's Orlando furioso) Marie-Nicole Lemieux more information

A You Tube presentation of Nel profondo from Vivaldi's opera, Orlando furioso, first performed in 1727, Teatro San Angelo, Venice.

Smithsonian Global Sound more information

Use Smithsonian Global Sound to hear music of the period.  Search by Renaissance; Medieval; or Roland, for La Chanson de Roland, to hear this music.

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Images of Orlando Furioso more information

A website that shows images of Orlando Furioso, including both classical illustrations and modern images from concerts, operas, and art.

Sicilian Horse Carts more information

A selection of pictures of Sicilian horse carts, with scenes of Orlando, Norman knights, and Moors painted on the sides of these traditional Sicilian carts.

Sicilian Puppet Theatre - Opera dei Pupi more information

The Sicilian puppet theatre originated in the 19th century, with wooden puppets or marionettes of characters derived from the Song of Roland and Italian interpretations such as Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto.  The subject matter of the performances come from Sicilian history, and usually involve Saracens and Norman knights, though many liberties have been taken with the historical aspects.


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How to Give a Twenty Minute Oral Presentation more information

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ENGL240: Classics of the Western Heritage: Ludovico AriostoÔÇÖs Orlando furioso / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: January 09, 2015