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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Both perspectives , however , are brought up short when confronted by Fosca .
Chapter 26 , in particular , stages a dialogue between the two characters in which
each attempts to unravel the truth behind the dark unknowable ' myth ' of Fosca .
The image of the mother - infanticide , in short , occupied the position of the
uncanny and elicited uneasy attempts by different epistemologies to describe
and explain it . Pascoli ' s narration , I will show , is unique in its treatment of this
46 Pascoli , in short , locates pain at the very roots of life . More than once in the
story , Pascoli strikingly juxtaposes birth and death . First and foremost , of course
, is the central , tragic paradox that the selfsame mother who brings forth a life ...