Furious Paths I: a lecture of Ariosto's poem

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No prerequisites are required.

This course is aimed at undergraduate students, but is valid also for PhD candidates.


Through a precise and extensive reading of Lodovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso, the course intends to provide the essential coordinates relating to the main conceptual turning points and to the historiographical, theoretical and philological problems inherent in the study of the literary civilization of Humanism and the Renaissance, proposing paths of traversing Ariosto's poem attentive to the narratively structural function of some thematic junctures, to the conceptually strategic recurrence of some images, and to the stylistic, rhetorical and literary genre specificities through which Ariosto revolutionized the tradition of the chivalric novel.

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The course aims to introduce the research tools and textual analysis that can improve the historical, linguistic and stylistic understanding of the 16th Century Italian literature, and the investigation of the dynamics of cultural memory and the diachronic and interdisciplinary reuses of thematic and stylistic topoi.

Riferimenti bibliografici

- Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso, a cura di E. Bigi, C. Zampese, Milano, Rizzoli, 2012.

- Lessico critico dell’Orlando furioso, a cura di A. Izzo, Roma, Carocci, 2016.