Beyond the Family Romance: The Legend of Pascoli
University of Toronto Press, 2007 - 203页
Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912) is one of Italy's most canonical and beloved poets. In Beyond the Family Romance, Maria Truglio offers fresh insight into the uncanny qualities of Pascoli's domestic verse. As suggested by the Freudian title, this study opens a dialogue between Pascoli's literature and Freud's theories, with a particular focus on each author's interrogation of origins. Through close readings and historical contextualization, themes of regression, memory, and other manifestations of 'origins' are analyzed, moving Pascoli's poetry beyond the biographical strictures that have hitherto confined it.
Truglio's post-structuralist readings question the dichotomy between 'safety within the home' and the 'threatening outside world,' revealing the ambivalences with which images of the home are fraught in Pascoli's poetry. In addition to the sustained comparison with Freud's writing, Beyond the Family Romance explores parallels between Pascoli's work and such writers as Tarchetti, Boito, Poe, and Invernizio. Rethinking the concept of the fanciullino ('little child'), Truglio shows that Pascoli's poetry enacts a symbiosis between the logic of the rational modern adult and the mythic vision of the child.
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This line of thought , roughly put , asserts poetry as an originary , primal , pre -
logical form of thought and language , and the poet as a primitive or childlike
figure . 16 This ' primitive conception of poetry gained considerable currency in
Freud , I suggest , sets up this ' dialogue ' in order to contrast his own ' scientific '
discourse ( “ which is no illusion , ' he asserts in the closing sentence of the essay
) with religion . Freud notes that religion admits of no open dialogue and no ...
To reinforce the seamless equation of pagan and Christian imagery , Pascoli
later asserts , l ' età dell ' oro era innocente , non c ' è da dubitare ' ( Opere , 2 :
475 ) [ the golden age was innocent , this is not to be doubted ] . He goes on to