The Drama of the Assimilated Jew: Giorgio Bassani's Romanzo di Ferrara

The Drama of the Assimilated Jew: Giorgio Bassani's Romanzo di Ferrara

by Lucienne Kroha

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Overview

Giorgio Bassani (1916–2000) was a Jewish Italian novelist, poet, essayist, editor, and intellectual. A cosmopolitan writer concerned with the problems of Jewish identity and history, Bassani was deeply affected by the persecution and deportation of Italian Jews under Mussolini. His personal experience of this period and its aftermath was fundamental to the creation of his masterwork, the Romanzo di Ferrara (Romance of Ferrara).

In The Drama of the Assimilated Jew, Lucienne Kroha makes Bassani’s personal and literary journey accessible to English-language readers. Kroha’s close, intertextual reading of Bassani’s novels and short stories reveals Bassani’s focus on the issue of Jewish masculinity and his profound engagement with the work of Freud, Nietzsche, and Thomas Mann, whose ideas he appropriated and re-cast to construct the fictional story of his own personal struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442665064
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Series: Toronto Italian Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lucienne Kroha is an associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at McGill University.

Table of Contents

Preface and Note on Translations

Introduction

Chapter 1 Jews and Gender

Chapter 2 Dentro le mura: Men of Resentment

Chapter 3 Gli occhiali d’oro: Jews and Homosexuals Revisited

Chapter 4 Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini: A Jewish Family Romance

Chapter 5 Dietro la porta: The Body in History

Chapter 6 L’airone: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Chapter 7 L’odore del fieno: On Becoming What One Is

Conclusion

Bibliography

What People are Saying About This

Nancy Harrowitz

The Drama of the Assimilated Jew is a lively, engaging book full of thoughtful readings of Bassani’s texts, analyses that range from compelling to brilliant. Original both in scope and in execution, it underlines the genius of his prose while making abundantly clear his connections and indebtedness to a broad European pre- and post-Holocaust Jewish context.”

From the Publisher

The Drama of the Assimilated Jew is a lively, engaging book full of thoughtful readings of Bassani’s texts, analyses that range from compelling to brilliant. Original both in scope and in execution, it underlines the genius of his prose while making abundantly clear his connections and indebtedness to a broad European pre- and post-Holocaust Jewish context.”

“An excellent study of a major Italian author which will be much appreciated both by scholars and students of Italian literature and of Holocaust studies. I am sure The Drama of the Assimilated Jew will become an indispensable cornerstone of Bassani studies.”

Brian Moloney

“An excellent study of a major Italian author which will be much appreciated both by scholars and students of Italian literature and of Holocaust studies. I am sure The Drama of the Assimilated Jew will become an indispensable cornerstone of Bassani studies.”

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