Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, 1516-2016

Event Date: 
28 Apr 2016 to 29 Apr 2016

April 2016 will mark the fifth centenary of the publication of Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, a seminal work of European literature. To mark this centenary and to draw attention to the continuing presence of the Orlando Furioso in English culture from the 16th century to the present, a conference will be held at the British Academy in London on April 28th and 29th 2016. The conference will be divided into four sections, dedicated respectively to ‘The First edition of the Furioso: tradition, innovation and responses’; ‘Ariosto arrives in England/English culture’; ‘The Orlando furioso in the Romantic period: editions, illustrations and adaptations’; and ‘The Orlando furioso in contemporary translation and criticism’.

For all details of the conference programme and how to register please see the British Academy Website.


Funded by the Society for Renaissance Studies and the English Association, this conference is able to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to £100 as a contribution towards conference expenses for the delegate. Applications for a bursary must be received by March 1st 2016. Further information is available here.


In connection with the conference, on the evening of April 28th, there will be a British Academy Public Lecture, by Professor Tim Carter (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) on “Lessons in madness: Orlando furioso on the operatic stage”. For further details on this lecture which is free and open to the public, please see the British Academy web pages.