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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ing , the world is called ' bad ' because it leaves the speaker in financial hardship
. At the same time , however , the ' bitter mouthfuls ' could signify the mouthful of
dirt that prevents his buried mother from speaking to him , in which case the ...
... do not know it . ( my translation ) ] The romantic encounter , to the speaker ' s
surprise , takes place amid the howling winds of a cemetery . When the speaker
asks his beloved why she has chosen this place , she responds , “ I am dead ,
are assumed to ' know ' and acknowledge ( as the adult speaker does and the
child cannot ) that really there are only five children . At the same time we are
asked to appreciate and indeed believe in the deeper , marvellous truth ( that the