The author examines the poetica and poesia of Torquatto Tasso (1544-95) in the context of the historical and cultural climate in which he lived. His epic theory is explored from the point of view of the three rhetorical faculties current in 16th-Century poetics: inventio, dispositio and elocutio . His discussion of dispositio reveals a fascinating similarity with ideas on art expressed by the Russian Formalists in the 1920's, a coincidence that can be attributed to the lasting influence of Aristotelian writings on plot. Dr Gunsberg draws on methodologies based on Freud, Lacan and the ideology of body language in her analysis of the Gerusalemme liberata .
About the Author
Maggie Gunsberg is the author of Patriarchal Representations: Gender and Discourse in Pirandellois Theatre, Gender and the Italian Stage: from the Renaissance to the Present, and The Epic Rhetoric of Tasso: Theory and Practice, and is currently working on a book entitled Bellissima: Gender, Genre and Italian Cinema. She is Professor of Italian at the University of Manchester.