1. Saggi

        L’Orco in Matteo Maria Boiardo e in Ludovico Ariosto: osservazioni circa la mostruosità e il modello antico di Polifemo - pp. 627-651

        This study examines the figure of the Ogre both in Matteo Maria Boiardo’s Orlando innamorato and in Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso. The author examines the monstrousness of the character by taking into due account the results achieved in the field of the monster theory, then underlines the inter-textual connections between the two episodes dedicated to the Ogre in the literature of the Renaissance and the classical versions of the myth of Polyphemus, with a special regard to the representation of the monster and to the plot.


        Il viaggio attraverso i «Frammenti di un diario» di Giorgio Caproni - pp. 652-669

        This study takes into account some pages of an almost unknown diary written by Giorgio Caproni in 1948-1949 which deserve to be read and analyzed in depth. A special attention is paid to his journey to Poland during the Writers World Congress for Peace. As for Caproni’s output, two important characteristics are pointed out: “verticality” as the distinctive feature of Genoa and the essential role played by Leghorn, where the poet spent his childhood. Leghorn, in particular, stands for a memorable moment of his life which reappears throughout his works.


        Manzoni e altre questioni romantiche (In memoria di Giorgio Petrocchi)* - pp. 670-681

        The close relationship between Manzoni’s theoretical and linguistic writings and the research studies on language, literature and arts developed by Romantic authors, which has been examined by Giorgio Petrocchi well before other scholars, focuses on the rejection of mere imitation of classics and of the pagan mythology. Those have been replaced with Christian parables, the introduction of historical truth in novels and other literary genres, as well as the condemnation of literature as a mere source of delight. Petrocchi’s analysis of Manzoni and Dante’s De vulgari eloquentia also deserves a special mention. The latter is seen as the author of a poetical language of Florentine origin, which, later on, will be adopted by poets across the whole Italian peninsula.


        Pompeo Giannantonio tra storiografia e critica del ’900* - pp. 682-692

        Throughout his career as a critic, Pompeo Giannantonio never yielded to over-specializatin or to militant attitudes of any kind. There is no doubt, however, that his studies in the field of contemporary literature were noteworthy both for their originality and their gnoseological quality. His activity as a scholar was based on an express wish to connect the theoretical interpretative tradition of the critical idealism as it developed in the south of Italy (Vico-De Sanctis- Croce) with the more recent Neapolitan and non-Neapolitan models (Toffanin and Battaglia together with Petrocchi e Auerbach), which gives a clear account both of the authors he chose and of his textual interpretations. In his view criticism must be seen as wary and judicious form of cooperation that places the expectations of his ideal readers before any partisanship.

    2. Linguistica

        Contiguità tra versi e prosa nella lingua letteraria di Rocco Scotellaro - pp. 724-755

        The new edition (2004) of Rocco Scotellaro’s Poems allows a comparison with his prose writings (Contadini del Sud and L’uva puttanella). An analysis in parallel of the two texts points out similarities between his poetical and prose works (quotations from other writers, a syntax which in most cases does not follow a linear or hierarchical structure, the use of everyday language, and so forth). These connections derive from a traditional communicative context which, intentionally echoed, determines the structure of both his poetical and prose speech.

    3. Meridionalia

        Lirica “narrativa”: i Sonetti per la presa d’Africa di Luigi Tansillo - pp. 693-723

        The essay focuses on the collection of ‘Sonetti per la presa d’Africa,’ published by Tansillo in 1551 in order to celebrate the victorious siege of Africa, a little town in modern Tunisia, led among others by don García de Toledo: the structural coherence of the small book as a whole is shown in terms of ‘narrative lyric poetry,’ as well as in those of linguistic options, focusing in particular on the borrowings from the narratives of chivalric epic but also from Petrarch’s ‘Triumphi’.

    4. Contributi

        Un autore ritrovato: Niccolò Ciàngulo - pp. 756-768

        Though still unknown, Niccolò Ciàngulo is an Italian writer of the eighteenth century who had the merit of promoting the knowledge of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Germany. He left many traces of his presence in several European countries, but very few in his native country. A research in some European libraries and archives has now brought to light a part of his output, while emphasizing his activity as a “reader” of Italian authors in foreign countries.

    5. Note e discussioni

        Su una scelta stilistica ricorrente ne Le Avventure di Pinocchio - pp. 769-779

        This article examines a stylistic feature recurring in Carlo Collodi’s masterpiece: a tendency to repeat words or phrases that, far from making the text and the dialogues dull, gives them a greater effectiveness. The examples given in this essay show how the playwright’s style is strengthened by his directness, energy and mimetic force.


        Pirandello: romanzi, novelle, teatro raccolti in un volume - pp. 780-791

        This essay takes into critical account Sergio Campailla’s introduction to Pirandello: i racconti, le novelle e il teatro (Roma, Newton Compton, 2009) and Pirandello’s works in general. Issues about the unity of Pirandello’s production are also discussed, with a focus on poetical features, cultural perspectives and moments of the writer’s literary career.


        Tra storia e invenzione: Il romanzo del casale di Giovanni Sapia* - pp. 792-806

        Written in a lyric-epic style, Sapia’s Romanzo del casale is a sort of journey of the memory in a world that, though vanished, still belongs to us. The author describes the Calabria of old, a land on which nobody looks back with nostalgia, a metaphor of an inhuman reality which men can shutter only if they defeat resignation and look for a solution to the most humiliating social injustices.

    6. Recensioni

        Il lavoro come professione nella Piazza universale di Tomaso Garzoni - pp. 807-810

        Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2009, pp. 206.

      • Girolamo Cicala

        Carmina - pp. 560

        Lecce, Argo, 2011

      • Catalogo della Biblioteca Leopardi in Recanati (1847-1899) - pp. VII+316

        Nuova edizione a cura di Andrea Campana. Prefazione di Emilio Pasquini, Firenze, Olschki, MMXI

      • Aniello Montano

        I testimoni del tempo. Filosoia e vita civile a Napoli tra Settecento e Novecento - pp. 502

        Napoli, Bibliopolis, 2010

      • Guido Baldi

        Menzogna e verità nella narrativa di Svevo - pp. 212

        Napoli, Liguori, 2010

      • Marialuigia Sipione

        Beppe Fenoglio e la Bibbia. Il «culto rigoroso della libertà» - pp. 178

        prefazione di Giovanni Tesio, Firenze, Cesati, 2011

      • Lavinia Spalanca

        Il martire e il disertore. Gli scrittori e la guerra dall’Ottocento al Novecento - pp. 224224.

        Lecce, Pensa MultiMedia, 2010

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