Emotional performances

It has been recently published the volume Ti do la mia parola. Sette saggi sul tradimento, edited by Alessandro Benassi and Serena Pezzini, with an introduction by Paolo Godani (Roma: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2017).

The book is a collection of essays pivoted on the theme of betrayal and its representation in Italian literature, art, and cinema. Plus, it gathers a group of brilliant scholars and good friends, and the overall result is of outstanding quality, also thanks to the clever design by Serena Pezzini and Alessandro Benassi.

Illustration of the X canto of Ariosto’s Orlando furioso in the Varisco edition, Venice 1568.

I published here an essay titled Le conseguenze dell’amore. Donne furiose tra Ariosto e Tasso. I analyse the representation of Olimpia in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso; and of Armida in Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, highlighting how both the characters re-enact the ancient and long-standing motive of the “abandoned woman”. I argue that within this tradition the theme of betrayal is a device that triggers the creation of particular textual sequences in which are represented “emotional performances”. These verbal representation of emotions evoke a range of images that cross art history and convey recurring iconographic patterns, establishing the emotional visual language that Aby Warburg tried to map through the concept of pathos formula.




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