The Invention of Modern Italian Literature

The Invention of Modern Italian Literature

by Gino Tellini
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802091865

ISBN-13: 9780802091864

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Despite its undeniable impact on modern literature, there are very few comprehensive studies of literary works produced in Italy from the end of the eighteenth- to the twentieth century. The Invention of Modern Italian Literature examines the methods of select Italian writers and considers their impact on the literary world. Touching upon some of the most

Overview

Despite its undeniable impact on modern literature, there are very few comprehensive studies of literary works produced in Italy from the end of the eighteenth- to the twentieth century. The Invention of Modern Italian Literature examines the methods of select Italian writers and considers their impact on the literary world. Touching upon some of the most prominent and influential writers in Italy over the last three hundred years, Gino Tellini looks at the unique creative processes of each, as well as at the dominant trends that have come to characterize modern Italian literature.

Examining different genres such as autobiography, letters, poetry, and the novel, this study stresses the ways in which Italian writers achieved a hybrid of various styles of writing. This cross-genre approach had a significant influence on writers around the world and has come to be one of the defining characteristics of modern literature. Among specific writers and works dealt with are Vittorio Alfieri's autobiography, The Final Letters by Jacopo Ortis by Ugo Foscolo, the theatre of Alessandro Manzoni, the letters of Giacomo Leopardi, the novels of Giovanni Verga, and The Weaver by Giovanni Pascoli.

As an investigation of new expressive processes and stylistic experiences, The Invention of Modern Italian Literature situates prominent Italian writers within the context of modern literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802091864
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Toronto Italian Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.73(h) x 0.21(d)

Table of Contents


Preface   Franco Fido     vii
On the Autobiography of Alfieri     3
Foscolo and the Mythology of the Self     29
The Theatrical Works of Manzoni     44
Leopardi and the Dissembling Style     64
Quotations of the Heart     75
The Novelist Verga     85
Notes on 'La tessitrice'     117
The Well and the Cellars. On the Twentieth-Century Italian Novel     130
Notes     147

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