1. Saggi

        Il popolino credulo. Divagazioni su Bernardino da Siena e il suo uditorio - pp. 627-640

        Moving from the liturgical theatre, the jesters’ performances and the Tuscan “Maggio”, and taking into account Bernardino’s work and his personality, this essay concentrates on the formal and innovative aspects of his ars predicandi. The author tries to show how the stories and anecdotes of the Franciscan, who makes use of aprosdòcheton and epimythion as they were employed by the ancient fabletellers, aim at Christianizing his audience by making them empathize with the historical and fictitious characters of his sermons.


        Navigando nell’oceano dei racconti salgariani - pp. 641-669

        During his life Emilio Salgari (1862-1911) wrote about 150 tales of adventures, often published under pseudonyms (cap. Guido Altieri, S. Romero, Enrico Bertolini, etc). They mirror the variety and scope of the subjects dealt with by Salgari in his novels. The first part of my paper reviews the existing bibliography on Salgari’s tales. The second part analyzes three collections of tales, Le novelle marinaresche di Mastro Catrame (Torino, Speirani, 1894), Nel paese dei ghiacci (Torino, Paravia, 1896), Le grandi pesche dei mari australi (Torino, Speirani, 1904), and the short story I predoni del gran deserto (Napoli, Urania, 1911).


        Il sonno e la visione di Camillo Sbarbaro: Pianissimo 1914 - pp. 670-702

        In Pianissimo (1914) Sbarbaro is a divided self, looking at his person from outside. Wandering around the streets of a hostile waste town, the narrator becomes aware of his blindness and of his incapability in finding meanings in reality. For him, mankind is suffocated and restrained by Necessity and Custom. Nevertheless, at the end of his collection, Sbarbaro seems to be more indulgent towards himself and the contradictions of his own soul.


        I cavatori di Alvaro e Rosso Malpelo di Verga - pp. 703-711

        This essay is based on an intertextual comparison between two short stories, I cavatori by Alvaro (published in “La Stampa” on October 27th 1937) and Rosso Malpelo by Verga, and tries to demonstrate that the hypotext acts as a sort of anti-model. This is confirmed by the lyricism of I cavatori (see the stillness of the world described: the sea, the atmosphere of the quarry, the harmlessness of the quarrying materials, the relationships between young and old miners, and the lack of any reference to death), dominated by the figure of a free and self-assured worker.


        La Campania nelle pagine di viaggio di Guido Piovene: per una religio dello sguardo - pp. 712-727

        This essay takes into account the chapter dealing with Campania in Guido Piovene’s Viaggio in Italia and underlines the function – sometimes subversive and fantastic – of “seeing” in his text. It also emphasizes the fact that Piovene’s travelling in the Fifties corresponds to the so called “research through travel”. His prose style is never journalistic, but clear and objective, now and then literary in the common sense of the word.

    2. Linguistica

        Un contributo alla questione della lingua: L’Infermità dell’Eloquenza di Luigi Serio - pp. 728-753

        This essay analyses a manuscript by the Neapolitan author Luigi Serio, written at the end of the eighteenth century (now in the National Library of Naples). The manuscript is a mock-heroic poem in which Serio explains his ideas about the Italian language of his time. At the same time, he goes back to a dispute concerning the Neapolitan dialect where he had opposed Ferdinando Galiani’s viewpoints.

    3. Meridionalia

        Nicola Pugliese: dall’ambigua mitizzazione al recupero di Malacqua - pp. 754-766

        This essay starts up by discussing the ambiguous fortune of Malacqua by Nicola Pugliese, a novel written in 1977 and from time to time seen as a literary representation of Naples so powerful to keep its up-to-dateness intact. Since a close critical reading of this novel is still missing, this essay intends to free it from some misunderstandings and identify its innovative literary coordinates. Malacqua, in fact, though grounded on chronicle suggestions, swings between La Capria and the most important European literary tradition of XX century (Joyce, Kafka), ranging from the language of D’Arrigo to Gadda’s “painful” autobiographical tendency.

    4. Contributi
      • UGO DOVERE

        La nascita di un best-seller ottocentesco. I Misteri del chiostro napoletano di Enrichetta Caracciolo di Forino - pp. 767-792

        The study of unpublished archive materials enables the author to reconstruct the story of the publication of Misteri del chiostro napoletano (1864), the well-known autobiography of the ex-nun Enrichetta Caracciolo di Fiorino. The essay concentrates on Spiridione Zambelli, Adriano Lemmi and Stanislao Bianciardi’s editings.


        Nell’inferno della grande guerra. In margine a una novella di Federico De Roberto - pp. 793-807

        A short tale by Federico De Roberto, first published in 1920 on a periodical review, Il rifugio (The haven) is part of a group of tales published by De Roberto between 1919 and 1923. It analyzes deeply and from various perspectives the topic of desertion: but the main character, the deserter, son of a peasant family of northern Italy, who writes nothing but lies to his parents about his glorious behaviour as a soldier, but shows a certain boldness when he’s being justiced, far from being by no means despicable, could maybe represent the natural human opposition to the war logic and to its absurd “sacred duties”.

    5. Recensioni

        Dante e il vero amore. Tre letture dantesche, Pisa-Roma 2009 (Maria Cristina Albonico) - pp. 808-811


        La lettera oltre il genere. Il libro di lettere, dall'Aretino al Doni e le origini dell'autobiografia moderna, Roma-Padova 2009 (Paola Villani) - pp. 811-814


        I fiori del deserto. Sbarbaro tra poesia e scienza, Genova 2008 (Paolo Zoboli) - pp. 814-815


        «Arte nata dall'arte». Carteggio 1956-1966, a cura di Paola Baioni, Pisa-Roma 2009 (Annalisa Zanotti Fregonara) - pp. 815-817


        I miti della società e altri saggi alvariani, a cura della Fondazione Alvaro, Soveria Mannelli 2008 (Caterina De Caprio) - pp. 817-820


        Fenoglio. L'immagine dell'acqua, Roma 2009 (Fabio Pierangeli) - pp. 820-822


        Geografie e storie del Novecento letterario. Profili critici e proposte di lettura, Atripalda (Avellino) 2009 (Antonio Catalfamo) - pp. 822-825

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