Davide Del Bello teaches English literature at the University of Bergamo. He holds a PhD in English and Rhetoric from Northern Illinois University (USA) and has written articles on rhetoric and literary criticism (Burke, Vico, Eco). He published a monograph on the rhetorical interactions between allegory and etymology (Forgotten Paths: Etymology and the Allegorical Mindset 2007) and a volume on Shakespeare with Alessandra Marzola (The Difference of Shakespeare 2011). A study on the relation between poetry and politics in Elizabethan England (The Rhetoric of Courtly Mystification) appeared in a volume edited by Alessandra Petrina (2011). His current research interests include late Shakespearean romances, the history and theory of rhetoric, literary translation and the rhetoric of early-modern religion. He has just plubished a monograph on Kenneth Burke (Reading with Kenneth Burke: A Primer, 2020). He is currently working on a long-term project on English Recusancy.