PARADIGMI DEL TIRANNO DA TORQUATO TASSO A VITTORIO ALFIERI

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Abstract

The tyrant and tyrannical paradigm runs through the centuries, from Antiquity to the present day, an articulated path marked by breaks and changes of meaning. The analysis of three very different works in terms of genre and stylistic language, such as Il Costantino di Tasso, a speculative dialogue on the virtues of the Prince in sexteenth century, the Aristodemus of Carlo de’ Dottori, a seventeenth-century tragedy, which by force of the scenic language he hypostatizes the tragic figure of the tyrant and, finally, the Alfieri treaty, Della Tirannide, resentful pamphlet against the despotism and the disappearance of Freedom, allows us to follow the parable of a reflection which, between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, was at the center of some works by writers interested in defining the characteristics of the relationship between tyrant and subject, of space and the forms in which it is expressed. The investigation shows that in the Ancien régime the power of the tyrant uses the devices of theater and entertainment, such as the ostentation of the body and the exhibited forms of its power relation with the subjects - festivals, rituals and city processions, the pomp of the court - and that therefore there is a close interdependence between languages and forms of power.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)501-518
Number of pages18
JournalDIONYSUS EX MACHINA
VolumeX
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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