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Journal Cover   Forum Italicum : A Journal of Italian Studies
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   ISSN (Print) 0014-5858 - ISSN (Online) 2168-989X
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  • Between enlightened pragmatism and censorship resistance: Memorie della
           vita e delle peregrinazioni del fiorentino Filippo Mazzei
    • Authors: Heyer-Caput; M.
      Pages: 3 - 23
      Abstract: A multi-faceted personality of the European Enlightenment and American Independence, Filippo Mazzei (1730–1816) retraces his wanderings between the Old and the New Worlds in his Memorie, written from 1810 to 1813. This paper argues that the apparent lack of theoretical depth and rhetorical strength of Mazzei’s Memorie represents rather the narrator’s ironic, pragmatic strategy of resistance to various forms of censorship, which he experienced in particular through his interactions with the Tribunal of the Inquisition. We will examine two specific episodes of the Memorie through the lens of Wilhelm Dilthey’s philosophical notion of Erlebnis or ‘lived experience.’ From the perspective of Erlebnis and the inherent interrelation between lived experience, understanding and expression articulated in Dilthey’s The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences of 1910, Mazzei’s autobiographical narrative emerges as a hermeneutic strategy of resistance that weaves together History and histories, universality and individuality.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:28-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814567455
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • The problem of the 'guasto legnaggio' in Leopardi's 'Sopra il monumento di
           Dante'
    • Authors: Collins; M.
      Pages: 24 - 37
      Abstract: Amid shallower reactions to the cenotaph to Dante in Florence, Giacomo Leopardi’s ‘Sopra il monumento di Dante’ presents a symptomatic reading of how the empty tomb is emblematic of the weakened cultural state of Italy in the early 19th century. The central issue of the poem is the past's discontinuation; a lack of respect for ‘fathers’ and ‘ancestors,’ and therefore, failed ‘sons.’ In this light, a pair of key indicators of a broken cultural genealogy which were brought up by Leopardi himself in the poem are discussed: Dante had been principally forgotten in the 17th century, and more recently Italy had been subjected to Napoleonic rule. These, along with this lack of a Florentine monument to Dante, pointed toward Italy’s discontinuous relationship with its own cultural history during this time. Unlike most of the celebrations surrounding the moment when Dante’s cenotaph was erected – including Melchiorre Missirini’s essay in which he misuses this very poem – Leopardi’s analysis is truly an intrinsic one. As for how he suggests Italy might mend this problem, however, especially as indicated in particular works of prose written around the same time as this poem, it may be that the young Leopardi, at this early stage of his intellectual development, was still somewhat wanting in a broader realization of what cultural genealogies can and should be.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:28-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814561598
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • L'(in)efficacia dell'amore in Non ti muovere di Margaret Mazzantini
    • Authors: Alfano; B.
      Pages: 38 - 55
      Abstract: Questo saggio si occupa del significato dell’amore passionale nel romanzo di Margaret Mazzantini Non ti muovere (2001). Narratore e protagonista della storia è Timoteo, chirurgo di successo, sposato con Elsa, la cui figlia adolescente, Angela, si trova in ospedale tra la vita e la morte. Ad Angela, che non può ascoltarlo, Timo racconta la storia della relazione extraconiugale che ebbe nel periodo della nascita della ragazza e che cambiò il suo modo di guardare all’umanità. Quella storia iniziò con uno stupro. Nel romanzo, l’amore è rappresentato come forza rivoluzionaria che diventa strumento critico di conoscenza dell’altro e agisce spingendo il protagonista fuori dalla sua vita altoborghese, costringendolo a ripensare la sua umanità. Timoteo si apre così a una comprensione del genere umano più profonda, laddove norme e pratiche sociali della sua classe d’appartenenza avevano invece fallito. Eppure, a dispetto del potere che esercita sull’individuo, l’amore lascia inalterate le strutture sociali che sfida e si propone di cambiare. In questa prospettiva, lo stupro resta un elemento non poco problematico della lettura critica del testo.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:28-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814567456
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Luther Blissett and Wu Ming: The end of history?
    • Authors: Waters; S.
      Pages: 56 - 73
      Abstract: This article discusses the historical novels Q (Blissett, 2000) and 54 (Wu, 2002) by group authors Luther Blissett and Wu Ming. At first glance Q demonstrates the ideological and narrative achievements of the 19th-century historical novel following theories of Lukács and White, yet in playing with the theme of (multiple) identity its authors point toward what will become postmodern parody of those achievements in 54. Whereas the overabundance of meaning caused by the multiple identity of narrators (and authors) introduces a problematic conception of historicity leading from Q to 54, it will be the lack of meaning altogether in the latter which ultimately illustrates the end of historicity (as suggested by Jameson and Vattimo). I focus on the figures of the narrator and the Hitchcockian McGuffin, who function as narrative devices forwarding the plot and who, I argue, ultimately serve in illustrating the trajectory of the Italian historical novel from its inception to today.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814563912
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • From marginality to integration: Appropriation of space through
           sociolinguistic competence in Laila Wadia's Amiche per la pelle
    • Authors: Pampinella; M.
      Pages: 74 - 91
      Abstract: In her novel Amiche per la pelle, Indian-Italian writer Laila Wadia tells the stories of four immigrant women as they learn Italian in Trieste. Wadia uses space to define the characters’ marginality, and to describe their journey as they seek integration into society. The depiction of space is also employed by Wadia to hint at the potential for the literature of migration in Italian to become an integral part of Italian literature. The article analyzes the learning experience of the four women within the sociolinguistic framework of the community of practice. The acquisition of sociolinguistic competence allows the apprentice in the community of practice to move from a peripheral, marginal position to a more central one. According to the author, Wadia points to a possible and desirable future when migrants find a central space and gain full membership in the community of practice of their adopted country through mutual engagement and shared goals, just as literature of migration in Italian will one day find legitimate inclusion in the Italian literary patrimony.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815569488
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Elena Ferrante: Il ciclo dell'Amica geniale tra autobiografia, storia e
           metaletteratura
    • Authors: Falotico; C.
      Pages: 92 - 118
      Abstract: Il saggio analizza l’intero ciclo dell’Amica geniale, percorrendo una dopo l’altra le tappe della tetralogia che si configura come unico libro. Emerge una visione plurima che in primo luogo trasferisce il lettore nell’immaginario della Ferrante attraverso lo scandaglio di temi quali l’origine, il riscatto, Napoli e il rione, la femminilità cruda e scontornata. C’è un affresco storico dal forte sapore d’epoca che riguarda il mondo contemporaneo nell’arco di tempo dal secondo dopoguerra a oggi e la poetica, raccontata come un romanzo, offre le tracce per una visibile autobiografia. Su tutto domina un’indimenticabile commedia umana nutrita da accese passioni e da personaggi forti e memorabili in cui è facile immedesimarsi.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815578573
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Galileo's new mathematical philosophy
    • Authors: Peterson; M. A.
      Pages: 119 - 138
      Abstract: Galileo's earliest mathematical work, on problems originating in literature and the arts, is closely related, thematically, to his late mathematical philosophy and the beginnings of modern physics. It is suggested that a key role in the transition from the early work to the late work, in which once seemingly isolated observations about the arts came to be seen as illustrations of a general and universal theory about the world, was played by one of Galileo's protégés, Niccolò Aggiunti, a person almost lost to history.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815570830
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • The provocative poetry of Galileo Galilei
    • Authors: Fontanella; L.
      Pages: 139 - 145
      Abstract: This article focuses on Galileo’s poetic – sparing but enjoyable – production, which in general has been disregarded in comparison to the numerous studies of his work as a physicist, mathematician and astronomer. In particular, this contribution analyzes Galileo’s long poem Capitolo contro il portar la toga (‘Against the Donning of the Gown’), written by the great scientist in Dante’s terza rima but in the parodic spirit of Francesco Berni’s poetry and Ludovico Ariosto’s Satires, mocking the custom of professors at the University of Pisa of wearing the academic gown. The Capitolo is mainly a witty divertissement, both linguistically reckless (often based on the figure of the calembour) and thematically daring for its sexual allusions. At the same time, it represents a ‘counterbalance’ to Galileo’s very committed scientific research; overall, a moment of private pleasure that would be easily extended to an intelligent circle of letterati, perfectly in tune with the best Florentine tradition.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815572766
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Galileo and the humanities
    • Authors: Crease; R. P.
      Pages: 146 - 153
      Abstract: Galileo’s greatest contribution did not involve lenses, pendulums or mathematics. His most revolutionary act – what is at the core of what might be called the Galilean moment – was to usher in a way of looking at the world in which we can look at the heavens with lenses, think of its chandeliers and swings as pendulums, and read its book in the language of mathematics. This is more than a scientific development; it is at once an intellectual and a cultural transformation. The Galilean moment connects with the humanities in two ways. One is that Galileo, thanks to his training in the humanities, was able to transform mathematics from what was essentially a branch of philosophy and theology, studied by artists and humanists, into a tool for scientists. But if the humanities were a legacy that made the Galilean achievement possible, that achievement now posed a fundamental challenge for the humanities: how to characterize the relation between that mathematically structured world and our own. This is a second way in which the humanities are connected with the Galilean moment. The humanities still struggle to cope with that challenge, which will eventually force the humanities to rethink their role.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814568080
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • The Jesuits and Galileo: Fidelity to tradition and the adventure of
           discovery
    • Authors: Coyne; G. V.
      Pages: 154 - 165
      Abstract: This paper investigates the tensions within the Society of Jesus, especially at the Roman College, at the time of Galileo and how they were resolved or not in a spirit of accommodation which was maturing at that time and which has entered into the Jesuit bloodstream. Jesuits at the Roman College confirmed Galileo’s earth-shaking observations, reported in his Sidereus Nuntius. Aristotle’s physics was crumbling. Would Aristotelian philosophy, which was at the service of theology, also collapse? Controversies over the nature of sunspots and of comets held implications for the very foundations of Christian belief. Some Jesuits saw the threat and faced it with an astute view into the future; others, though pioneers as scientists, could not face the larger implications of the scientific revolution to which they contributed with Galileo. Much of what occurred can be attributed to the strong personalities of the individual Jesuit antagonists, and Cardinal Robert Bellarmine will prove to be one of the most important of those personages.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815572767
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Encounter between literature and science: Galileo's impact on Milton
    • Authors: Ceramella; N.
      Pages: 166 - 190
      Abstract: The relationship between literature and science finds its roots in the Renaissance, with the widely acknowledged literary quality of works such as Galileo’s, extending to novels of today such as Ian McEwan’s Solar, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder and Daniel Kehlmann’s Vermessung der Welt. Here, I will focus on the influence that one of the greatest scientists of all times had on John Milton, when writing his Paradise Lost. Albert Einstein, in his Foreword to Galileo’s Dialogo sopra i massimi sistemi del mondo (Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems) writes about its author that: His unusual literary gift enables him to address the educated men of his age in such clear and impressive language as to overcome the anthropocentric and mythical thinking of his contemporaries and to lead them back to an objective and casual attitude towards the cosmos, an attitude which had been lost to humanity with the decline of Greek culture. (Galilei, 2001: xxiii)
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815572776
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • La Passione. Via Crucis al Colosseo di Mario Luzi
    • Authors: Iannaco; D.
      Pages: 191 - 197
      Abstract: La poesia del XX secolo nasce confrontandosi con la Modernità. Nell’Italia del dopoguerra, in particolare, la nuova epoca è vista come possibilità mancata, come tradimento di una concezione umanistica della vita e della storia. L’homo faber non coincide con l’homo oeconomicus. Luzi vede la Modernità come prova purificatrice, che restituirà l’essenziale. Così, accanto alla produzione lirica, si sviluppa in parallelo la composizione di poemetti, i cui "eroi" si fanno portatori della visione ultima dei poeti. Il ritorno al poemetto è comune anche a Giorgio Caproni, Maria Luisa Spaziani e Alda Merini. Per le loro opere si può parlare di "neogotico". Sono scritti tutti animati da un sentire religioso, quasi, "francescano": si interrogano sul mistero dell’essere e del divino. Sono caratterizzati da una simbologia comune e da stilemi, atti a esprimere l’afflato religioso e filosofico. Sono spesso "slanci amorosi per la vita". Ne risulta un cristianesimo "poco dogmatico", "mistico". La Passione di Mario Luzi (1999) è il testo esemplare di questa produzione, perché presenta un Cristo forse "troppo umano", che affronta il problema dell’amore per la vita e il suo essere stato uomo tra gli uomini. Da questo indimenticabile ritratto emerge tutta la nostalgia di un poeta, giunto ormai alla fine del suo viaggio terreno.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815569449
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Riflessioni settecentesche sul romanzo. Un inedito di Giuseppe Maria
           Galanti
    • Authors: Falardo; D.
      Pages: 198 - 221
      Abstract: Incentrato sul ruolo che Giuseppe Maria Galanti (1743–1806), importante esponente dell’Illuminismo meridionale, attribuisce alla letteratura e, in particolare, al genere narrativo nell’ambito della sensibilità illuministica, l’articolo propone la lettura e l’analisi dei tratti fondamentali di un testo inedito, vergato dall’autore, che costituisce un interessante lavoro preparatorio probabilmente relativo alla quarta edizione, allestita ma mai approdata alla stampa, delle Osservazioni intorno a’ romanzi, alla morale e a’ diversi generi di sentimento, una delle opere più ampie e articolate di teoria e critica del romanzo apparse in Italia nel Settecento.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814559487
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • The Acquaviva family from Atri: Books, culture and feudality
    • Authors: Palmieri; G.
      Pages: 222 - 229
      Abstract: Thanks to two recent publications, a little-known aspect of the cultural history of the powerful feudal family, the Acquaviva, has emerged. In a substantial chapter of the first of the two works analyzed, Giulio Sodano describes the Acquaviva’s well-stocked library (2402 books). He also shows how the members of the Acquaviva family, despite living in a small town in Abruzzo, took part in contemporary European cultural life through books. The second work analyzed presents research conducted by Maurizio Torrini, Domenica Falardo and Sebastiano Martelli which further attests to the Acquavivas’ interest in culture and the attention they paid to it. In particular, Martelli sheds light on the extraordinary persona of Cardinal Troiano, someone who in the first decades of the 18th century maintained relations with personalities such as Celestino Galiani, Giambattista Vico, Giacomo Casanova and Raimondo di Sangro.
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815572786
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Robert M Durling (a cura di e tradotto da), The Divine Comedy of Dante
           Alighieri: Volume III: Paradiso
    • Authors: Basile; P.
      Pages: 230 - 232
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815570822
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Francesco Ciabattoni e Pier Massimo Forni (a cura di), The Decameron Third
           Day in Perspective
    • Authors: Giusti; E.
      Pages: 232 - 234
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564354
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Diana Hiller, Gendered Perceptions of Florentine Last Supper Frescoes, c.
           1350-1490
    • Authors: Godfrey; A. W.
      Pages: 234 - 235
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564292
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Salvatore Di Maria, The Poetics of Imitation in the Italian Theatre of the
           Renaissance
    • Authors: Applauso; N.
      Pages: 235 - 237
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564293
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Silvia Morgana e Paolo Bartesaghi (a cura di), Prose, Scritti polemici
           (1756-1760) Giuseppe Parini
    • Authors: La Monica; A.
      Pages: 237 - 239
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564344
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Giuseppe Parini, Odi, a cura di Mirella D'Ettorre, introduzione di Giorgio
           Baroni (Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Giuseppe Parini diretta da
           Giorgio Baroni)
    • Authors: Perolino; U.
      Pages: 239 - 241
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564345
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Rosa Giulio, Gli infiniti disordini delle cose
    • Authors: Wright; S.
      Pages: 241 - 244
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564334
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Ennio Caretto, Quando l'America si innamoro di Mussolini
    • Authors: Luconi; S.
      Pages: 244 - 246
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564295
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Valentina Iacoponi, Campi d'oro e strade di ferro. Il Sudafrica e
           l'immigrazione italiana tra Ottocento e Novecento
    • Authors: Bernardi; I.
      Pages: 246 - 248
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564331
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Ermanno Conti, Gli "anni di piombo" nella letteratura italiana
    • Authors: Noble; C. D.
      Pages: 248 - 250
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564294
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Paolo Chirumbolo and John Picchione (eds), Edoardo Sanguineti, Literature,
           Ideology and the Avant-Garde
    • Authors: Migliozzi; M.
      Pages: 250 - 253
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564291
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Maria Fama, Mystics in the Family
    • Authors: Visco; L. R.
      Pages: 253 - 257
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564333
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Dennis Barone and Peter Covino, Essays on Italian American Literature and
           Culture
    • Authors: Muccini; F.
      Pages: 257 - 259
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564343
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Francesco Bono, Luigi Cimmino e Giorgio Pangaro (a cura di), Morte a
           Venezia. Thomas Mann / Luchino Visconti: un confronto
    • Authors: Brioni; S.
      Pages: 259 - 261
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564357
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Toni Ricciardi, Associazionismo ed emigrazione. Storia delle Colonie
           Libere e degli Italiani in Svizzera
    • Authors: Barazza; R.
      Pages: 261 - 263
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564356
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Silverio Novelli, Si dice? Non si dice? Dipende,
    • Authors: Carle; B.
      Pages: 263 - 265
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814565087
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Gianni Toniolo (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Italian Economy Since
           Unification
    • Authors: Foot; J.
      Pages: 265 - 267
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585814564355
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Forum Italicum publishing
    • Pages: 268 - 270
      PubDate: 2015-04-20T07:38:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0014585815578780
      Issue No: Vol. 49, No. 1 (2015)
       
 
 
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