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Conjuring slavery and witchcraft, and with bewitching powers all its personal, Counternarratives regularly spins history—and storytelling—on its head

Ranging from the seventeenth century to our present second, and crossing a number of continents, Counternarratives' tales and novellas draw upon memoirs, newspaper money owed, detective tales, interrogation transcripts, and speculative fiction to create new and unusual views on our prior and current. “An Outtake” chronicles an escaped slave’s tackle liberty and the yankee Revolution;"The unusual historical past of Our girl of the Sorrows" provides a extraordinary sequence of occasions that spread in a nineteenth-century Kentucky convent; "The Aeronauts" soars among bustling Philadelphia, still-rustic Washington, and the theater of the U.S. Civil conflict; “Rivers,” offers a unfastened Jim assembly up many years later together with his former raftmate Huckleberry Finn; and in "Acrobatique," the topic of a well-known Edgar Degas portray talks again.

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Of California Press, 1996); Giovan Battista Marino, L'Adone, ed. Giovanni Pozzi (Milan: Mondadori, 1976). Except where I have just noted, the translations are my own. rata, trans. ^ See Frederick Kiefer, "The Conflation of Fortuna and Occasio in Renaissance Thought and Iconography," ]oumal of Medieval ar\d Kerxaissance Stxidies 9 (1979): 1-37; Rudolf Wittkower, "Chance, Time and Virtue," ]ourruxl of the Warburg Institute 1 (1937- 38): 313-21. ^ One can Leon Battista Alberti's Libri deUa fa' 36-37 of the second book of the Stanze of Angelo Poliziano.

Ruthless Fortune, you were wrong To interfere in Who will And my my affairs. amuse you when I'm gone What death ends your power? Will you do then, cruel, one? ^ Angelica is later flattered to have Orlando Yet, Petrarch submitted that, in his experience, "smiling Fortune to be feared for a lover, but only after she has inveigled with Ranaldo in exchange for a fight man made happy kiss him into a by smiling Fortune, we conclude, committed to his own destruction. 47). 30). the tempting An- — Away from your answer.

The brothers Grifone and Aquilant, for a second ladies, one in black, one in white. 42-43). The brothers may be heading for death; it would indeed be good fortune if one could defer the time when for dolor example, meet two the dark fortune will prevail over the light one. The fair, twofold aspect of Fortune as found, for example, in Her appearance with front of her head '* is — her two persons or faces, one light and commonplace of later medieval iconography Book 8 of Alan de Lille's Anticlaudianus: one dark and foul— is its a twofold aspect misleads the viewer.

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