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 syntactic slippage is suggestive of the overall thematic shift in subjectivity
that we witness in the poem . The mother , in fact , does not have her own voice –
she does not generate any of the words attributed to her . Instead , the speaker ...
53 Lydenberg , ' Freud ' s Uncanny Narratives , ' 1078 . 54 A literary precedent for
this disturbing poem is Leopardi ' s bitterly pessimistic ' Nella morte di una donna
fatta trucidare col suo portato dal corruttore per mano ed arte di un chirurgo ...
18 Pascoli , Convivial Poems , trans . and ed . by Lunardi and Nugent , 2 : 30 . All
subsequent translations of the Convivial Poems will come from this edition and
be cited by volume and page number . 19 For recent readings of this poem , see