The Quest for Epic: From Ariosto to Tasso

By Sergio Zatti and Dennis Looney

© 2006

Translated here for the first time into English, Sergio Zatti's The Quest for Epic is a selection of studies on the two major poets of the Italian Renaissance, Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso, by one of the most important literary critics writing in Italy today. An original and challenging work, The Quest for Epic documents the development of Italian narrative from the chivalric romance at the end of the fifteenth century to the genre of epic in the sixteenth century.

Zatti focuses on Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, written in the early 1500s, and progresses to Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, written at the end of the century, but also touches briefly on Boiardo, Ariosto's great predecessor at the Estense court in Ferrara, as well as on Pulci, Trissino, and many other Italian writers of the period. Zatti highlights the critical debates over narrative form in the sixteenth century that become signposts on the way to literary modernity and the eventual rise of the modern novel. Albert Russell Ascoli's introduction provides context by mapping Zatti's criticism and situating it among Italian and Anglo-American literary critical studies, making a case for the contribution this book will have for English-language readers.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
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  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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An original and challenging work, The Quest for Epic documents the development of Italian narrative from the chivalric romance at the end of the fifteenth century to the genre of epic in the sixteenth century.

The Quest for Epic: From Ariosto to Tasso

By Sergio Zatti and Dennis Looney

© 2006

Translated here for the first time into English, Sergio Zatti's The Quest for Epic is a selection of studies on the two major poets of the Italian Renaissance, Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso, by one of the most important literary critics writing in Italy today. An original and challenging work, The Quest for Epic documents the development of Italian narrative from the chivalric romance at the end of the fifteenth century to the genre of epic in the sixteenth century.

Zatti focuses on Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, written in the early 1500s, and progresses to Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, written at the end of the century, but also touches briefly on Boiardo, Ariosto's great predecessor at the Estense court in Ferrara, as well as on Pulci, Trissino, and many other Italian writers of the period. Zatti highlights the critical debates over narrative form in the sixteenth century that become signposts on the way to literary modernity and the eventual rise of the modern novel. Albert Russell Ascoli's introduction provides context by mapping Zatti's criticism and situating it among Italian and Anglo-American literary critical studies, making a case for the contribution this book will have for English-language readers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Sergio Zatti is a professor in the Department of Italian Literature at the University of Pisa.



    Dennis Looney is an associate professor in the Department of French and Italian and Assistant Dean of Humanities at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Introduction
    ALBERT RUSSELL ASCOLI

    1. The Furioso between Epos and Romance
    2. The Quest: Considerations on the Form of the Furioso
    3. Turpin’s Role: Poetry and Truth in the Furioso
    4. Tasso versus Ariosto?
    5. The Shattering of the Chivalric World: Ariosto’s Cinque canti
    6. Christian Uniformity, Pagan Multiplicity
    7. Errancy, Infirmity, and Conquest: Figures of Conflict
    8. Torquato Tasso: Epic in the Age of Dissimulation

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index

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