Renaissance Transactions: Ariosto and Tasso
ISBN: 0822322757
EAN13: 9780822322757
Language: English
Publication Date: Mar 25, 1999
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9.2" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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The controversy generated in Italy by the writings of Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso during the sixteenth century was the first historically important debate on what constitutes modern literature. Applying current critical theories and tools, the essays in Renaissance Transactions reexamine these two provocative poet-thinkers, the debate they inspired, and the reasons why that debate remains relevant today.
Resituating these writers' works in the context of the Renaissance while also offering appraisals of their uncanny postmodernity, the contributors to this volume focus primarily on Ariosto's Orlando furioso and Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata. Essays center on questions of national and religious identity, performative representation, and the theatricality of literature. They also address subjects regarding genre and gender, social and legal anthropology, and reactionary versus revolutionary writing. Finally, they advance the historically significant debate about what constitutes modern literature by revisiting with new perspective questions first asked centuries ago: Did Ariosto invent a truly national, and uniquely Italian, literary genre--the chivalric romance? Or did Tasso alone, by equaling the epic standards of Homer and Virgil, make it possible for a literature written in Italian to attain the status of its classical Greek and Latin Read More chevron_right

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