1. Saggi
      • Andrea Manzi

        Dante e le fonti manoscritte della lirica delle Origini. Ricognizioni bibliografiche e bilanci - pp. 3-29

        Are we able to identify the manuscript source from which Dante quoted, in his De vulgari eloquentia, the most renowned lyrics of the Sicilian poets? And is this source nearer to the Vaticano 3793 or to the ex-Palatino 418? If from the analysis of the variants emerge contradictory data, an answer can come only by comparing the cultural project that sustains the manuscript Vaticano with the pages in which Dante expresses his own judgments on his Italian precursors

      • Alida Spadavecchia

        La novella del diavolo che prende moglie. Variazioni e convergenze in Machiavelli, Brevio e Le Fèvre - pp. 30-47

        Machiavelli’s short story Favola di Belfagor Arcidiavolo seems to contain significant similarities with Brevio’s one, Belfagor Arcidiavolo. Besides the issue of the conjectural plagiarist, a French author, Jehan Le Fèvre, wrote in the 14th century about the same theme, into an exemplum contained into his own book Les Lamentations de Matheolus. The three stories look similar, but, in some cases Machiavelli coincides with Le Fèvre against Brevio, for instance into the denouement


        Esperienze frugoniane nella lirica di Vittorio Alfieri - pp. 72-97

        The article aims to inquire into the influence of Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni and Frugonian poetry on Vittorio Alfieri’s Rime, investigating the extent of the debt Alfieri acquired to Comante during his entire literary career in spite of the strict judgments he expressed on Frugoni’s poems and his effort to minimize any contribution of contemporary poetry to his own.

      • Margherita di Fazio

        Ombrelli e ombrellini nell’immaginario artistico fra Ottocento e Novecento. Un primo percorso di lettura - pp. 98-123

        In the framework of a research on the relationships between literary texts and clothing accessories, the present work investigates the presence of the umbrella in the European, and particularly Italian, novels and tales of the 19th and 20th centuries. In some cases, representations from contemporary paintings is considered as well, to underline parallel situations and new points of view.

    2. Meridionalia
      • Amedeo Benedetti

        L’attività napoletana di Francesco D’Ovidio - pp. 124-148

        This paper reconstructs the biography and works of the philologist and literary critic Francesco d’Ovidio (1849 - 1925), who was for almost fifty years professor of comparative literature at Naples University. He wrote important essays on Alessandro Manzoni, Dante Alighieri, and Torquato Tasso. He was a member of Accademia della Crusca, president of the Accademia dei Lincei, and served as senator in the Italian Senate. The study was carried out above all through an examination of his unpublished correspondance with scholars and literary’s historians as G.I. Ascoli, M. Barbi, A. D’Ancona, D. Gnoli, E. Monaci, F. Novati, R. Renier, O.Tommasini, and others.

    3. Contributi
      • Mauro Marrocco

        Schede sulla Gelosia del Sole (1519) di Girolamo Britonio: temi e tradizione del testo - pp. 149-175

        The essay proposes a general analysis of Petrarchist canzoniere Gelosia del Sole by Girolamo Britonio, whose first edition was printed in Naples in 1519. The first part of the essay proposes a thematic and structural analysis of the canzoniere, with an interpretation of the peculiar plot of the book; the second part is devoted to the analysis of some textual variants in the editio princeps of the work, according to the principles of textual bibliography; the last part is finally devoted to the analysis of some aspects in the tradition of Britonio’s poems in sixteenth century anthologies.

      • Fabio Prevignano

        Cesare Pavese: la collina e l’infinito - pp. 176-191

        For Pavese the hill, mythical entity par excellence, is a metaphor of being: it is “what is”, in opposition to history, which is “what happens”. If history is the realm of the contingent and transient, the hill refers to an “other”, to the Eternal. It is a passage to infinity, and Pavese projects on it his aspiration to eternity. This paper intends to focus specifically on the dimension of “sense” represented by the hill in Pavese, with particular regard to the author’s obsessive thought: death.


        Leonardo futurista, tra De Robertis e Marinetti - pp. 192-206

        The present work, starting with an article by Marinetti (published in «La Gazzetta del popolo» on 25th January 1939), focuses on the paradoxal fortune (and misfortune) of Leonardo da Vinci and his works among the Futurists, in a perspective that has not yet been taken into account by Leonardo’s scholars.


        Gli emblemi a teatro: Giovan Battista Andreini, Emanuele Tesauro e Federico Della Valle - pp. 48-71

        This essay investigates the influence of the Renaissance and Baroque book of emblems on relevant Italian plays of the 17th century. Such influence is analyzed in regard to specific theatrical instructions, like in the cases in which costumes and machinery reproduce images from emblem books on stage. At the same time, the presence of emblematic images in 17th-century theater is also discussed in connection to texts that stimulate readers and viewers to mentally construct emblematic images in their own mind.

    4. Recensioni
      • Giancarlo Pionna

        Giambattista Pagani, un amico lonatese di Alessandro Manzoni, Milano 2011 (Chiara Cedrati) - pp. 216-218

      • Lina Iannuzzi

        Sul Primo Verga, Pescara 2012 (Mirko Menna) - pp. 218-220

      • Malcolm Angelucci

        Words against words. On the Rhetoric of Carlo Michelstaedter, Leicester 2011 (Yvonne Hütter) - pp. 220-223

      • Giorgio Orelli

        La qualità del senso. Dante, Ariosto e Leopardi, Bellinzona 2012 (Fabrizio Scrivano) - pp. 223-226

      • Il poeta e il suo pubblico. Lettura e commento dei testi lirici nel Cinquecento. Convegno internazionale di studi (Ginevra, 15-17 maggio 2008), a cura di Massimo Danzi e Roberto Leporatti, Genève 2012 (Franco Pignatti) - pp. 208-216

      • Poeti del Dolce stil novo, a cura di Donato Pirovano, Roma 2012 (Roberto Gigliucci) - pp. 207-208

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