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webinar > "The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic. Images of Hostility from Dante to Tasso" by Andrea Moudarres



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Professor Andrea Moudarres, UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies, discusses his recent book, The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic. Images of Hostility from Dante to Tasso, with Professor Gerry Milligan (Director of College Honors Programs, CUNY College of Staten Island).

The book follows the same narrative of internal strife, exploring enmity within the self, the state, and the world through the prism of prominent works of the Italian literary canon: Dante’s Commedia, Luigi Pulci’s Morgante, Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata. The book’s central argument is that early modern Italian literature conceived of all forms of hostility—even those conventionally considered external, such as the conflicts between Christian and Islamic forces in the Middle Ages and Renaissance—as predominantly internal. In other words, these poems’ often critical engagement with the political dynamics of their time shows enmity arising ultimately from within political or religious entities.

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Date: Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Time: At 5:00 pm

Organized by : UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

In collaboration with : IIC Los Angeles

Entrance : Free