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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The constellation of literature surrounding the theme of infanticide reveals
preoccupations with origins . Specifically , we can witness the desire to assert
and maintain the ' purity ' of origins in various guises . For example , Mary Gibson
At the same time , however , the intrusive remark reveals that the moment cannot '
speak ' for itself , that some voice is narrating the scene . But , to quote Hoffmann '
s Nathaniel , ' Whose voice is this ? ' The question of course remains open .
This poetic strategy not only testifies to Pascoli ' s profound love of and respect for
the humble beauty of the Romagnolo and Tuscan countryside but also reveals a
complex preoccupation with origins . Pascoli ' s interest in and staging of ...