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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... questions relevant to readers of other historical and cultural moments , namely
, the construction and tenuousness of gender and class identities . Arrigo Boito ,
too , takes up social and ethical questions , developing them in a Gothic mode .
This strategy stands in stark contrast to that of religion , which does not permit
such dialogic intercourse because , Freud claims , it cannot answer any
questions that may challenge it . Pascoli employs a similar rhetorical strategy . He
Yet Pascoli immediately questions the appropriateness of this borrowed
apostrophe . The first two sentences of the speech are , in fact , questions , and
the speech , furthermore , was delivered in Messina , not Rome . Later in the
speech ( Part ...