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History & Politics, Literature

Torquato Tasso and a New Theory of Epic

Corrado Confalonieri's 'Torquato Tasso e il desiderio di unità'

April 7, 2023
3:00 pm

While open to the general public, this event is primarily intended for students and scholars.
It will take place in person in the Casa Italiana library, and can also be attended on Zoom.

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Torquato Tasso and a New Theory of Epic
Book discussion of Corrado Confalonieri’s
Torquato Tasso e il desiderio di unità

(Rome: Carocci, 2022)

Corrado Confalonieri (University of Parma)
in conversation with
Daniel Javitch (NYU Emeritus)
David Quint (Yale University)



Corrado Confalonieri is currently Junior Assistant Professor (RtdA) at the University of Parma. He holds two doctoral degrees, a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures (Harvard University, 2019) and a dottorato in Italian Literature and History of Italian Language (University of Padua, 2014).  He taught at Wesleyan University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian (2019-2020) and was the Lauro de Bosis Fellow in Italian Studies at Harvard in 2020-2021. His publications include three books (most recently Torquato Tasso e il desiderio di unità. La “Gerusalemme liberata” e una nuova teoria dell’epica, Rome, Carocci, 2022, and “Queste spaziose loggie”. Architettura e poetica nella tragedia italiana del Cinquecento, Naples, Loffredo, 2022) and a number of articles on topics spanning from the Renaissance to 20th century Italian literature. He has edited an anthology of Boiardo’s works (Boiardo, Unicopli, 2018, with J. A. Cavallo), a multidisciplinary book on teaching (Il mestiere d’insegnante, Unicopli, 2013, with A. Musetti), and, together with Nicola Catelli, he is the Co-Editor-in-chief of Parole rubate. Rivista internazionale di studi sulla citazione/Purloined Letters. An international journal of quotation studies.

Daniel Javitch (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at New York University. His publications include Poetry and Courtliness in Renaissance England (1978), Proclaiming a Classic: The Canonization of Orlando Furioso (1991), and Saggi sull’Ariosto e la composizione dell’Orlando Furioso (2012). He has edited the Norton Critical Edition of Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier. A leading scholar in fields such as European literature of the Renaissance, poetic theory before 1700, post-classical history of Ancient genres, professor Javitch is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including fellowships from Villa I Tatti, the ACLS, the American Academy in Rome, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

David Quint (Ph.D. Yale University) is Sterling Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, which he joined after teaching at Princeton University. A world-renowned scholar of European Renaissance literature, epic poetry, literary theory, theory of genres, and history of the classical tradition, professor Quint is the author of numerous publications, including Epic and Empire (1993), Montaigne and the Quality of Mercy (1998), Cervantes’s Novel of Modern Times: A New Reading of Don Quijote (2003), and Inside Paradise Lost (2014). He is also the author of seminal translations such as The Stanze of Angelo Poliziano (1979) and Ariosto’s Cinque Canti (1996).