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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As the beloved Eurydice slips , ' back into the depths , ' we are reminded of the
dangers of nostalgia and the consequences of turning our gaze from the path
ahead to the path behind . Yet such a backward turn and , more precisely , a
desire to ...
The turn to Latin , then , reveals an agenda quite opposite to that of an alienating
elitism . Linked to the retrieval of infancy , it is , paradoxically , another version of
pre - grammaticality . However , the poet who resuscitates a dead language in ...
... the Virgin Mother seen with the Christ child at his nativity . Thus , the turn back
to classical antiquity carries with it a turn back to infancy as well . We find this
gesture and the ambiguities inherent in it forcefully dramatized in one of Pascoli '