Overlooked for centuries, the Furioso’s declared interest in ‘le donne’ is, by now, fully recognised. What excites most critical discussion is the poem’s double-edged treatment of the subject, since conflicting views of women represent one of its characteristic features.
This book breaks new ground in tackling that narrative ambivalence, as it reads the poem both on the level of thematics and poetics. In devising an approach that examines the so-called ideology of the Furioso in light of its rhetorical practises, it allows a more complex understanding of Ariosto’s contribution to the Renaissance debate about women to emerge.
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