1. Saggi

        Dante tra Cangrande e i falsari: sugli ultimi vent’anni dell’epistola XIII - pp. 3-21

        In the two centuries-long querelle on the Epistle to Cangrande, the last twenty years have seen a new flourishing in the critical debate, which is given here, as far as possible, a precise and fair account. No doubt, it has been philology, for so long in the shade, to play a decisive role in allowing the question to be settled. Moving beyond the problem of authorship, then, it is now possible to look at some critical issues in a new perspective, beginning with the nature of the allegory displayed by both the Canticle of Salomon and Dante’s Canticle.


        Il romanzo di formazione del personaggio Marino nella parabola poetica di Giovan Giacomo Ricci - pp. 22-53

        Giovan Giacomo Ricci, an eclectic Umbrian-Latium writer born in 1595, was one of the first authors who caught the centrality of Marino’s work in the Italian literary scene of the early Seventeenth century. A clear proof of this can be found in a good deal of his works, which can be read as a sort of combination of dramatic works and an account of Parnaso, in which Marino plays the role of a character of significant and structural prominence. As a matter of fact, the evolution of Marino as a character in Ricci’s works (from the Maritaggio delle Muse, 1625, to the Diporti di Parnaso, 1635) gives a full account of the biographical and intellectual development of the Neapolitan writer whom Giovan Giacomo Ricci loved so much.


        Spunti di riflessione su italianità, lingua e canone in Goldoni - pp. 53-66

        Starting from some points of view which criticize Goldoni’s language, and taking into account some critical clichés from the Eighteenth century onward, this essay analyzes Goldoni’s ideology and some of his prominent stylistic features. Then the author, while referring to the current celebrations of the Unity of Italy, examines Goldoni’s canon and reads it in a new and wide-ranging way.


        Don Abbondio: una vittima? - pp. 67-92

        The essay examines the way Manzoni characterizes Don Abbondio. The fact that the author is pitiless in typifying him cannot be denied. As a matter of fact, he is described as a man full of blemishes and faults which make him an obnoxious character while connoting him as a rather questionable churchman. Perhaps Manzoni’s main aim is to show – antiphrastically as far as Don Abbondio is concerned, and realistically as regards Brother Cristoforo and Cardinal Federigo – how a praiseworthy priest should behave.


        Zeno, l’impero austro-ungarico e la guerra - pp. 93-105

        This essay deals with the ambiguous relation between the military shock and Hector Schmitz’s return to literary works not in disguise. If in a letter to his daughter Letizia, he pretends to lay the blame to the war tragic reality for the dismission of fairytales from his life, in other documents, peacetime is indicated as a cooperating factor to return to creating writing, since the dramatic business contraction it implies. However, a detailed analysis of Svevo’s few writings – definitely dating to the war period – allows to capture more than an anticipation of the novel places – just in the pages of the last chapter, in which war breaks out in the narrative – as well as an anticipation of the same turning-points of the whole work. In this way, we can focus on the representation of the austro-hungarian army that Svevo will meet in the last and most dangerous of his many walks.

    2. Linguistica

        Il passero solitario di Leopardi e i suoi antenati - pp. 106-109

    3. Meridionalia

        Costantino e la casa Castriota. Nuovi contributi sulla biografia e gli scritti di «Filonico Alicarnasseo» - pp. 109-131

        A collateral descendant of the Albanian hero Scanderbeg, who moved to the Kingdom of Naples in the second half of the Fifteenth century, Costantino Castriota, a warrior and a scholar, was born in Naples in the early Sixteenth century and experienced the rise and fall of his family. He considered himself a pupil of Nicolò Franco and proved to be, like him, a versatile writer. Castriota has left us a number of biographies of distinguished men of his time, all written under the name of Filonico Alicarnasseo. In spite of their value as a source of important news, they can still be read only in their manuscript version.

    4. Contributi

        I miti e la poetica di Pavese - pp. 132-148

        This essay analyses Pavese’s opinions about ancient myths and tries to demonstrate that they lead the reader to a deeper understanding of his stylistic features. The images Pavese showed the greatest interest in are the same that are found more frequently in his work and coincide with the personal myths discussed with an admirable discernment in Feria d’agosto. These images and myths explain the writer’s aesthetic strength, his complex polysemy, and their frequent appearance in apparently incidental passages.


        «Oh! Il crepuscolo domenicale!» Il romanzo liberty di Palazzeschi :Riflessi e la poesia di Sergio Corazzini - pp. 149-163

        This essay analyses Aldo Palazzeschi’s novel :riflessi, in light of his personal and intellectual relationship with the poet Sergio Corazzini. As I will argue, Palazzeschi makes use of letters, poems and critical works from the period in order to craft a protagonist reminiscent of Corazzini. The aim of this essay is to read Palazzeschi’s works as a corpus, filled with both poetry and prose and tied together by a strong poetic and ironic desire to describe the human essence – the human inability to understand themes such as death, suffering, injustice and suicide. The novel :riflessi, in part an epistolary work and in part narrative, is essentially a great example of Palazzeschi’s ability to mix prose and poetry, reality and dream, irony and bitterness. In

    5. Note e discussioni
      • Fabrizio Scrivano

        Una scrittura tra cronaca e romanzo. I Diari di guerra e di prigionia di Enzo Colantoni e altri scrittori a Wietzendorf - pp. 164-176

        The complete edition of Enzo Colantoni’s Diari, which deals with the traumas suffered by the author during the Second World War (the sea battles he fought, his imprisonment and his homecoming), can be studied from two main perspectives: as a diary, a literary genre always characterized by a peculiar connection between narration and experience, and as a documented report of the prisoner-ofwar camp of Wietzendorf where Giovannino Guareschi was also imprisoned. Sappiamo

    6. Recensioni

        Modernità dell’Umanesimo, Salerno 2010 (Daniela De Liso) - pp. 177-178


        Sertorius overo La Spagna in rivolta, a cura di Francesco Tateo, Bari 2010 (Daniela De Liso) - pp. 178-180


        Orlando innamorato / L’inamoramento de Orlando, a cura di Andrea Canova, Milano 2011 (John Butcher) - pp. 180-183


        Leopardi politico e il Risorgimento, Napoli 2010 (Stefania Della Badia) - pp. 183-186


        Descrizione e percezione. I sensi nella letteratura naturalista e verista, Firenze 2011 (Gisella Padovani) - pp. 186-188


        Verga, Pirandello e altri siciliani, Lecce 2011 (Noemi Corcione) - pp. 188-192


        Emiliani Giudici, Tenca e «Il Crepuscolo». Critica letteraria e stampa periodica alla vigilia dell’Unità, Milano 2011 (Maria Valeria Sanfilippo) - pp. 192-194

      • AMBRA MEDA

        Al di là del mito. Scrittori italiani in viaggio negli Stati Uniti, Firenze 2011 (Marta Rebagliati) - pp. 194-196


        La comunità inconfessabile - Risorse e tensioni nell’opera e nella vita di Elio Vittorini, Napoli 2011 (Tommaso Di Brango) - pp. 196-199


        La meta-scrittura dell’ultimo Pasolini. Tra «crisi cosmica» e bio-potere, Napoli 2011 (Jole Silvia Imbornone) - pp. 199-202

      • Viaggiare con la scrittura. Tracciati odeporici, letterari e autobiografici, a cura di Annamaria Cavalli, Bologna 2011 (Daniela De Liso) - pp. 202-204

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