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Description - Scanderbeide by Margherita Sarrocchi

The first historical heroic epic authored by a woman, "Scanderbeide" recounts the exploits of fifteenth-century Albanian warrior-prince George Scanderbeg and his war of resistance against the Ottoman sultanate. Filled with scenes of intense and suspenseful battles contrasted with romantic episodes, "Scanderbeide" combines the action and fantasy characteristic of the genre with analysis of its characters motivations. In selecting a military campaign as her material and epic poetry as her medium, Margherita Sarrocchi (1560? 1617) not only engages in the masculine subjects of political conflict and warfare but also tackles a genre that was, until that point, the sole purview of men. First published posthumously in 1623, "Scanderbeide" reemerges here in an adroit English prose translation that maintains the suspense of the original text and gives ample context to its rich cultural implications. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226735085
ISBN-10: 0226735087
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 157mm x 27mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Margherita Sarrocchi

Rinaldina Russell is professor emerita of European languages and literatures at the City University of New York, Queens College.Sheis coeditor and cotranslator of Tullia d Aragona s "Dialogue on the Infinity of Love," also published by the University of Chicago Press."