Analysing the poems that were routinely performed and sold in Italian piazzas—the so-called «wars in ottava rima»—, this essay focuses on the role that cantastorie, or street singers, played in establishing a popular literary war genre and a war-information marketplace. It also argues for the street singers’ crucial function in constructing a shared historical and literary narrative of the «horrendous Italian wars», as one popular poem dubbed the series of wars fought on Italian soil between 1494 and 1559.

Songs of War. Historical and Literary Narratives of the «Horrendous Italian Wars» (1494-1559)

Rospocher, Massimo
2013

Abstract

Analysing the poems that were routinely performed and sold in Italian piazzas—the so-called «wars in ottava rima»—, this essay focuses on the role that cantastorie, or street singers, played in establishing a popular literary war genre and a war-information marketplace. It also argues for the street singers’ crucial function in constructing a shared historical and literary narrative of the «horrendous Italian wars», as one popular poem dubbed the series of wars fought on Italian soil between 1494 and 1559.
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