1. Saggi

        Sul colore rosso di Beatrice. L’epifania poetica della lingua del sì - pp. 211-223

        By suggesting a strong symbolic connection between Beatrice and “la lingua del sì” in La vita nuova, “Sul colore rosso di Beatrice. L’epifania poetica della lingua del sì” aims at giving an original interpretation of Beatrice as a character. The chromatic hues of her clothes imply Dante’s knowledge of the colour theories of classical antiquity. This essays tries to trace the blueprint of such theories and the complex civilization that originated the symbolic sacralization of red, interpreted by Dante criticism from a Christian perspective. The numerical ratio of colours makes red the perfect colour, associated as it is with a pleasant and harmonious sound. The quotations from Dante’s works underline undeniable links between colour, music and language.


        Proposta di lettura de La cena de le ceneri di Giordano Bruno - pp. 224-256

        La cena de le ceneri is the first of the six Italian dialogues published by Giordano Bruno between 1584 and 1585, while he was in London. The Cena – where Bruno defends Copernican theories and argues that the universe is infinite – is structured in five dialogues and shapes a convincing and significant disruption of literary genres. While analyzing the stylistic aspects of the text, this essays emphasizes the tropological aspects of the Cena and brings into focus the second dialogue, rich in magical and alchemical elements capable to bring forth the deepest aspects of reality.


        Onomastica deamicisiana: Cuore - pp. 257-289

        After a short general introduction about the way the characters’ names are chosen in literary works, this essay examines the names, and particularly the surnames, of the characters (pupils, teachers, etc) crowding Cuore by Edmondo De Amicis. Far from being fortuitous, these surnames are nomina loquentia, and emphasize the distinguishing features of every character, may he/she be a protagonist or a second lead or even a walk-on. This paper also analyzes the author’s ideology (his paternalism, patriotism, faint socialism, sense of solidarity, etc.), as it emerges from the temper and behaviour – as well as from their names – of some characters.


        Sadomasochismo e “impotenza atomica”: l’ultimo teatro di Alberto Moravia - pp. 290-301

        In 1984-86 Alberto Moravia returns to theatre with three plays: the monologue Voltati parlami, and the comedies L’angelo dell’informazione and La cintura. This renewed interest of the Roman writer for dramaturgy is probably connected with an ideological urgency to represent subjects like the nuclear nightmare, the role of mass-media in everyday life, and drug addiction. Moravia thinks that these subjects can be best represented and discussed at theatre, which he always thought to be a holy place.


        Dal filtro della scrittura all’ingorgo dei versi: la poesia decantata di Primo Levi - pp. 302-315

        The poems of Primo Levi often anticipate the prose style he later used in his novels and essays. In his poetic writing a sort of natural force is at work that, while bringing the verse shape to the surface, uses the analytical slowness of prose to pass «from darkness to clarity». The tension of Levi’s verse towards the prose structure is, so to speak, indomitable and the specification play around the core of poetry ends up by weakening its semantic nucleus, causing its collapse. It is therefore not by chance that the flaking off of Levi’s poems into colloquialism is more easily perceivable in his writings from 1980 to 1984, in concordance with the long drawing up of I sommersi e i salvati. If Levi himself refers to his lyric production of the period as an ironic attitude increased by the «emptiness of inspiration», it is because his verse re-echoes the hilaro-tragic eloquence of much poetry of the Eighties.

    2. Meridionalia

        La poesia in lutto: raccolte di componimenti poetici nella Napoli del Settecento - pp. 316-341

        In Naples, during the eighteenth century, many collections of laudatory poems were written which drew inspiration from Petrarch’s plain style and from classical literature. All of them connected to Arcadia, the authors were either unknown or partially famous or renowned in other cultural fields, who in writing poetry saw a way to take an active part in the social life of the time. In this paper some collections of eulogies are taken into account and analyzed in order to demonstrate that these poems, faultless in style and form, while playing a social role contributed to a more correct use of the language.

    3. Contributi

        «ALIGHIERI udir mi pare»: la voce di Dante in un poemetto eroicomico del primo Ottocento - pp. 342-351

        This essay deals with the stylistic and thematic aspects of A vision or Dante in the Uffizi (1843), the mock-eroic short poem written by the Florentine Gaetano Prunai. As he himself states in half-serious accents, Prunai chose to become a writer for economic reasons rather than following a genuine literary vocation. He makes use of the typically romantic device of a nocturnal vision to describe the “three magnificent buildings” of Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi and Loggia dei Lanzi. In so doing, and sharing the Risorgimento spirit, he offers his readers a human route, the same walked down by Dante Alighieri, who, in recalling the most important stages of his life, gave an extraordinary example of civil commitment and patriotism.


        La catarsi della Conversazione in Sicilia: in viaggio tra pensiero ed azione - pp. 351-378

        Elio Vittorini started to write his masterpiece, Conversazione in Sicilia, in 1936. This novel is the result of a period characterized by an intense moral and ideological crisis. Through the journey of Silvestro Ferrauto, the writer’s alter ego, Vittorini vents his dismay for the capitalistic and dictatorial involution of Italian Fascism and for the support given by Mussolini to Franco’s dictatorship. Human loneliness and incommunicability, Vittorini argues, can only be overcome by the power of speech and by authentic contacts between men.

    4. Note e discussioni

        Dannunziana - pp. 379-384

    5. Recensioni

        Il sogno umanistico e la morte (Petrarca, Sannazaro, Tasso, Bruno, Marino), Pisa-Roma 2007 (Ciro Riccio) - pp. 385-388


        L'immagine di Lepanto. La celebrazione della vittoria nella letteratura e nell'arte veneziana, Venezia 2008 (Ciro Riccio) - pp. 388-392

      • Isabella Morra fra luci e ombre del Rinascimento. Sondaggi e percorsi didattici, a cura di I. Nuovo e T. Gargano, Bari 2007 (Marialuisa De Pietro) - pp. 392-394


        La filosofia della musica, a cura di M. Montanile, Padova 2008 (Daniela Bernard) - pp. 394-396


        Esplorazioni leopardiane, Manziana 2008 (Dante Maffia) - pp. 396-399


        Scintille, a cura di Francesco Bruni, Parma 2008 (Sanja Roič) - pp. 399-403


        Scritti giornalistici alle lettrici, a cura di Patrizia Zambon, Lanciano 2008 (Francesco Targhetta) - pp. 404-406


        Polittico salernitano. Da Masuccio ai contemporanei, Salerno 2008 (Raffaele Messina) - pp. 406-408


        Metamorphoseon, Roma 2007 (Domenico Alvino) - pp. 409-410


        Falsomagro, Napoli 2008 (Noemi Corcione) - pp. 410-411

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