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 double perspective obtains in one of Pascoli ' s own compositions , in which
once again we witness an encounter between a rational speaker and an '
interlocutor ' of sorts who defies that rationality . The first - person speaker of ' In
quoted above , and the reassertions of the rational bases of their own work . Both
carry the conviction that , rather than safeguarding morality , illusion - based
belief systems actually stunt moral development . The disillusioning of people will
Pascoli creates a ' hazy ' perspective from which the rational ideology of ' Logos '
speaks but is permeated with the nostalgic echoes of ' mythos . ' To hark back to
the structural ' compromise formation ' discussed by Orlando , ' repression over ...