1. Saggi

        La sentina dei vizi: poetica e motivi del Liber sine nomine di Petrarca - pp. 3-20

        The author emphasizes the importance of the Liber sine nomine as an outstanding text both in the controversial literature of the 14th century and in Petrarch’s works. The essay discusses the main aims of the Liber (a defence against those who blamed the too close ties between Petrarch and the Curia; the poet’s moral criticism of the Papal Court; the dislike for France), and analyzes the poetics of the monstrous and the complex metaphorical style used by Petrarch to carry out his polemical and aesthetic objects.


        Vittorio Alfieri: in difesa della propria opera - pp. 21-51

        Prompted by his awareness of the evanescence of creativity and the shortness of life, Vittorio Alfieri developed an attitude to protect his own literary work. This essay shows how rich and intense were Alfieri’s activities in order to defend his works and throws light on his intention to claim his role in the literary system of the second half of the 18th century. His aim was to mark out the building blocks of a “global” literature. Disappointed by what had happened in France, Alfieri fought against the modernization of his theatrical works.


        Lettere inedite di Fedele Romani ad Alessandro D’Ancona - pp. 52-76

        Fedele Romani, a many-sided writer from Colledara, a little and vital town in the suburb of Teramo, was one of the most influential members of D’Ancona’s Pisan school. This essay analyses the letters written by Romani to his beloved master D’Ancona. While giving evidence of a thirty-year-long friendship, these letters emphasize Romani’s self-effacing and tormented temperament and give a clear outline of the society in which they lived.


        Zia Michelina e le sue storie. Lettura stratigrafica di una novella di Luigi Pirandello - pp. 77-103

        Zia Michelina is not a famous tale, but it is often recalled by the critics who studied about feminine characters and about the theme of motherhood in Pirandello’s tale collection. The systematical comparison between the different editions that the tale has had in the course of the years, in order to avoid some errors of dating it traditionally present in other critic essaies, consent us to observe like Pirandello, changing the conclusion of the tale, has changed the global meaning of the tale too, as an effect of a more painful and gloomy vision of the life matured during the years of the First World War. In fact, in the first edition (1914) the tale ended with an image of motherhood that solaces and compensates for the leading character’s pains; in the second edition (1922), on the contrary, the leading character’s suicide doesn’t let any positive perspective in a world even more steered by business.


        Appunti di un saggio sul simbolismo francese nel primo Montale - pp. 104-133

        The author examines the presence of French symbolism in Eugenio Montale’s early literary production. She also focuses on the way authors such as Henri-Friédérich Amiel, Georges Duhamel and Paul Verlaine influenced Montale when he moved towards the more thought-out classicism that characterizes Ossi di seppia. This essay, while founding a dialogue between Montale’s poetry and that of other authors (such as Corboère, Fargue, Fontainas, Proust, Samain), provides a spectrum of examples which allow to understand his stylistic evolution, marked by his attitude to a finer and finer intertextuality.

    2. Linguistica

        L’uso dei pronomi personali allocutivi nei Promessi sposi - pp. 134-149

        This essay brings into focus Manzoni’s stylistic technique in using personal pronouns in I promessi sposi and points out the important role they play in characterization and in marking the relationships between the characters.

    3. Meridionalia

        Sulla datazione de I Neoplatonici di Luigi Settembrini - pp. 150-172

        According to Raffaele Cantarella and Marcello Gigante, Luigi Settembrini’s short story I Neoplatonici, which was published posthumously, dates back either to the days when the author was serving a life sentence in Santo Stefano prison, or to the period following his translation of Luciano’s works. Nevertheless, some elements allow the critic to assume that it was written (in the form it reached us) between 1864 and 1876, that is to say when Settembrini was studying Boccaccio’s Decameron with the attention it deserved.

    4. Note e discussioni

        Su Dante e il suo tempo con altri scritti di italianistica di Mario Marti - pp. 173-182

        This essay analyzes Mario Marti’s latest book (Su Dante e il suo tempo e altri scritti di italianistica, Galatina, Congedo, 2009) pointing out the similarities between it and the previous works of the same author and underlining both its reliance on philological-historical techniques and the presence in it of new exegetic suggestions.

    5. Recensioni

        Teatri di comportamento. La «regola» e il «difforme» da Torquato Tasso a Paolo Sarpi, Napoli 2009 (Roberta Ferro) - pp. 183-186


        Alfieri europeo: le "sacrosante leggi". Scritti politici e morali. Tragedie-commedie, Soveria Mannelli 2007 (Valeria Giannantonio) - pp. 186-188


        Goccie d'inchiostro, a cura di Francesco Lioce, Roma 2009 (Fabio Pierangeli) - pp. 188-190


        Narrazione breve personaggio. Tozzi, Pirandello, Bilenchi, Calvino, Macerata 2008 (Marialuisa De Pietro) - pp. 190-192

      • Sud e cultura antifascista, a cura di Raffaele Cavalluzzi, Bari 2009 (Grazia Turchiano) - pp. 192-196

      • Le dilettante. Terzo quaderno. Sopra la critica. Per Mario Petrucciani, a cura di Katia Migliori, Cartoceto (PU) 2008 (Noemi Corcione) - pp. 196-198


        Modernità del Salento. Scrittori, critici, artisti del Novecento e oltre, Galatina (Lecce) 2009 (Fabio Moliterni) - pp. 198-201

      • Il tempo e la poesia. Un quadro novecentesco, a cura di Elisabetta Graziosi, Bologna 2008 (Ida Campeggiani) - pp. 201-206

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