The persistence of a geopolitical dialectic between center and periphery in North Italian courts, and the sixteenth-century outpouring of religious concerns often channeled through crypto-Protestant works, seems to have made of Teofilo Folengo’s life a quintessentially heterodox experience, in its unstable pendulum from Benedictine engagements, through a professional season as a hired pen in Venice’s early modern “public sphere” in print, to a largely legendary pursuit of meanderings and carnal dissipations. Indeed, Folengo’s career as a writer offers almost a template for exuberant rebellion, provincial eccentricities and the fiery literary resistance that it is now customary to associate with the reception of an Italian …
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Gulizia, Stefano. "Teofilo Folengo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 October 2010
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