Angelo Beolco (il Ruzante), La prima oratione

Edited by Linda L. Carroll

Critical Texts 16

Modern Humanities Research Association

9 March 2009  •  168pp

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This volume presents a full transcription of the three extant manuscripts of Angelo Beolco's Prima oratione, delivered to Cardinal Marco Cornaro in 1521 at his villa in Asolo subsequent to his entrance as bishop of Padua.

Praising the new bishop on his accomplishment, the peasant orator expounds boisterously on the agricultural riches of the Paduan countryside and concludes with a request that the bishop enact a series of laws that will improve the lives of his fellow peasants, including allowing both men and women to take four spouses. Masked by the humour, however, are serious considerations on contemporary issues.

Accompanying the transcription is an extensive historical-literary introduction and notes.

Linda L. Carroll is Professor of Italian at Tulane University.

Reviews:

  • ‘This volume is undoubtedly a welcome addition to our knowledge and understanding of the most remarkable author-actor of the Italian Renaissance. This is especially so textually, in its bringing a significant and neglected work—in terms of theatre and ideas—to an anglophone audience, and in its raising provocative questions about the degree of daring and the limits of the polemical in Ruzante.’ — Ronnie Ferguson, Modern Language Review 105.2, 2010, 576-79 (full text online)
  • ‘A complete scholarly edition of the work transcribing all three manuscript versions of the oration ... This volume should be welcomed by scholars of the period.’ — Martin W. Walsh, Sixteenth Century Journal XLIV:2, 2013, 618-19

Bibliography entry:

Carroll, Linda L. (ed.), Angelo Beolco (il Ruzante), La prima oratione, Critical Texts, 16 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2009)

First footnote reference: 35 Angelo Beolco (il Ruzante), La prima oratione, ed. by Linda L. Carroll, Critical Texts, 16 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2009), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Carroll, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Carroll, Linda L. (ed.). 2009. Angelo Beolco (il Ruzante), La prima oratione, Critical Texts, 16 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Carroll 2009: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Carroll 2009: 21.

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