The Drama of the Assimilated Jew: Giorgio Bassani's Romanzo di Ferrara

By Lucienne Kroha

© 2014

Giorgio Bassani (1916–2000) was a Jewish Italian novelist, poet, essayist, editor, and intellectual. A cosmopolitan writer concerned with the problems of Jewish identity and history, Bassani was deeply affected by the persecution and deportation of Italian Jews under Mussolini. His personal experience of this period and its aftermath was fundamental to the creation of his masterwork, the Romanzo di Ferrara (Romance of Ferrara).

In The Drama of the Assimilated Jew, Lucienne Kroha makes Bassani’s personal and literary journey accessible to English-language readers. Kroha’s close, intertextual reading of Bassani’s novels and short stories reveals Bassani’s focus on the issue of Jewish masculinity and his profound engagement with the work of Freud, Nietzsche, and Thomas Mann, whose ideas he appropriated and re-cast to construct the fictional story of his own personal struggle.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
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  • Page Count: 328 pages
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In The Drama of the Assimilated Jew, Lucienne Kroha makes Bassani’s personal and literary journey accessible to English-language readers.

The Drama of the Assimilated Jew: Giorgio Bassani's Romanzo di Ferrara

By Lucienne Kroha

© 2014

Giorgio Bassani (1916–2000) was a Jewish Italian novelist, poet, essayist, editor, and intellectual. A cosmopolitan writer concerned with the problems of Jewish identity and history, Bassani was deeply affected by the persecution and deportation of Italian Jews under Mussolini. His personal experience of this period and its aftermath was fundamental to the creation of his masterwork, the Romanzo di Ferrara (Romance of Ferrara).

In The Drama of the Assimilated Jew, Lucienne Kroha makes Bassani’s personal and literary journey accessible to English-language readers. Kroha’s close, intertextual reading of Bassani’s novels and short stories reveals Bassani’s focus on the issue of Jewish masculinity and his profound engagement with the work of Freud, Nietzsche, and Thomas Mann, whose ideas he appropriated and re-cast to construct the fictional story of his own personal struggle.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘The Drama of the Assimilated Jew offers a comprehensive and highly integrated analysis of Bassani’s major works, and will be an invaluable tool for scholars of Italian Judaism, modern Jewish Literature in Europe, and the sociology and psychology of Jewish masculinity.’


    Jonathan Druker
    Italian Culture vol 34:01:2016

    ‘A wide ranging, thought-provoking and intelligent reading of the work of Giorgio Bassani… Kroha’s book makes an important contribution to Bassani studies as well as to Jewish studies and gender studies.’


    JoAnn Cannon
    Journal of Modern Italian Studies vol 20:02:2015

    ‘There is much to praise in this monograph… With her subtle and compelling argument, Kroha has given us more elements to better evaluate the place of Bassani in Italian and European Jewish and non-Jewish literary culture.’


    Emiliano Perra
    Annali d’Italianistica vol 33:2015

    ‘There is much to praise in this monograph…. With her subtle and compelling argument, Kroha has given us more elements to better evaluate the place of Bassani in Italian and European Jewish and non-Jewish literary culture.’


    Emiliano Perra
    Annali d’Italianistica Vol 33:2015

    The Drama of the Assimilated Jew is a lively, engaging book full of thoughtful readings of Bassani’s texts, analyses that range from compelling to brilliant. Original both in scope and in execution, it underlines the genius of his prose while making abundantly clear his connections and indebtedness to a broad European pre- and post-Holocaust Jewish context.”
    Nancy Harrowitz, Department of Romance Studies, Boston University

    “An excellent study of a major Italian author which will be much appreciated both by scholars and students of Italian literature and of Holocaust studies. I am sure The Drama of the Assimilated Jew will become an indispensable cornerstone of Bassani studies.”
    Brian Moloney, Department of Modern Languages, University of Hull
  • Author Information

    Lucienne Kroha is an associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at McGill University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface and Note on Translations

    Introduction

    Chapter 1 Jews and Gender

    Chapter 2 Dentro le mura: Men of Resentment

    Chapter 3 Gli occhiali d’oro: Jews and Homosexuals Revisited

    Chapter 4 Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini: A Jewish Family Romance

    Chapter 5 Dietro la porta: The Body in History

    Chapter 6 L’airone: A Case of Mistaken Identity

    Chapter 7 L’odore del fieno: On Becoming What One Is

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

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