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Gender and Genealogy in Tasso's "Gerusalemme Liberata"

By (author) Marilyn Migiel
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773493921
ISBN-13: 9780773493926
Barcode No: 9780773493926
Synopsis
Using feminist, psychoanalytic, and deconstructionist approaches to Torquato Tasso's 1581 "Gerusalemme Liberata" ("Jerusalem Delivered"), this work argues that Tasso explored alternate modes of writing and reading by reflecting on the genealogical tales of his non-Christian women characters Clorinda, Erminia, and Armida. Through these characters, Tasso explores a series of questions about their relation to the father. By examining the interpretive and ethical questions that arise from the problematic genealogies of Tasso's orphan daughters, the reader should arrive at a better understanding of the relation between the poem's dominant ideology and the stories that it seeks to suspend and displace.

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