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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44 The intervention disrupts the litotes that would have allowed the gravity of the
moment to speak for itself . At the same time , however , the intrusive remark
reveals that the moment cannot ' speak ' for itself , that some voice is narrating the
For Freud , the unconscious speaks in dreams , symptoms , parapraxes , and
screen memories . ... our primordial existence continues to live within us in quasi
- independence and continues to interact and ' speak ' to , with , and through us .
Pascoli , then , in discussing the goals of poetry chooses to focus on the two
points that allow him to speak in a universalizing key : birth ( infancy ) and death
– the two end points of existence that all people have in common , whatever other