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Olivia Santovetti


A Narrative Strategy in the Italian Novel

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`Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; - they are the life, the soul of reading`. So declared Laurence Sterne in his Tristram Shandy, the greatest of all monuments to digression. The modern Italian novel was not slow to pick up on Sterne`s lesson. This book examines the workings of digression in the novels of five major Italian authors - Manzoni, Dossi, Pirandello, Gadda, and Calvino - from the birth of the modern novel in the early 19th century to the era of postmodernist experimentation. Digression is shown to play a role in defining not only the poetics of the five authors, but also their underlying world-views, their cognitive and philosophical dispositions. The book explores the tensions digression engenders in narrative texts, by creating extra time within narration, disrupting the readers` expectations, and generating an act of reflection upon the narrative process itself. What emerges is a sense of the vitality and flexibility of the device of digression in the Italian tradition, both within the canonical novel and the anti-novel, as well as an illuminating and original web of relations between the five authors under analysis.

Taal / Language : English

Acknowledgements 9
Abbreviations 11
Charter 1 Introduction 13
Chapter 2 Alessandro Manzoni and the Art of Digression 29
Chapter 3 `Il lettore mutatosi in collaboratore`: the Importance of the Reader in Dossi`s Digressive Texts 69
Chapter 4 Digressive Art as Humorous Art? Luigi Pirandello`s Lino, nessuno e centomila 101
Chapter 5 Ramified Plots: Carlo Emilio Gadda`s Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana 133
Chapter 6 Italo Calvino and the Metamorphoses of the Plot 187
Chapter 7 Conclusion 233
Bibliography 241
Index 253
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Paperback / softback
260 pagina's
Januari 2007
386 gram
222 x 152 x 19 mm
Peter Lang de

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