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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Following the hard - won establishment of the country ' s geographic boundaries ,
the work of cultivating strong civic values and respect for social boundaries
begins and finds expression in these children ' s novels . Respect for others ...
Here , as in d ' Annunzio ' s novel , the crime of infanticide enacts a kind of
purgation . The seamstress Giselda strangles her own ' creaturina ' immediately
after her birth in part to purify herself of the stain of her lover . Confronting
Cletto Arrighi was the pen name of Carlo Righetti . His novel is published as La
scapigliatura : Romanzo sociale contemporaneo , edited by Giuseppe Farinelli .
Arrighi ' s novel was first published in 1862 as La scapigliatura e il 6 febbraio .