Angelica, the shape of desire in contemporary literature

  • Carolina Pernigo University of Verona
Keywords: Angelica, rewritings, literary myth,

Abstract

The aim of the article is to demonstrate how the beautiful heroine of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso continued after the Renaissance to charm the collective imagination, becoming a successful literary myth. Above all, during the 20th and the 21st century Angelica, incarnation of unreachable desire, grows more and more complex, taking on all the contradictions and inconsistencies of the present day. A previously evanescent creature, she becomes a flesh and blood woman, victim of her own selfishness and of a regained corporeality. In an age of crisis of values, things couldn’t be different.

A comparative reading of the novels which – whether consciously or unconsciously –summon Ariosto’s character goes to show that every writer, through their book, creates a new Angelica, perfectly recognisable but ever original and different from the others. All of them however, just like the first, are perturbing figures who strongly influence the surrounding reality.

Author Biography

Carolina Pernigo, University of Verona
She studied at the University of Verona, where she got a BA in Modern Literature with a dissertation about Ariosto’s Angelica in the 19th century rewritings; she also got a MA with a dissertation about different versions of Garibaldi’s Memoirs. Actually she is doing a PhD in Literature and Philology at the Graduate School for the Humanities. Her doctoral research relates to erotic obsession in modern and contemporary literature. Publications: C. Pernigo, “Angeliche: riscritture novecentesche del personaggio ariostesco”, Il Ponte, LXVI, 7-8 (lug-ago 2010): 116-125; C. Pernigo, “Le forme dell’ossessione. Due casi a confronto”, Nude Literary Review, I, IV (dic 2012): http://www.nude-literaryreview.com/it/30122012_forme_ossessione.htm

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Published
2013-06-20
How to Cite
Pernigo, C. (2013). Angelica, the shape of desire in contemporary literature. Between, 3(5). https://doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/870