The Revolt of the Scribe in Modern Italian Literature
The Revolt of the Scribe in Modern Italian Literature offers a perceptive re-assessment of Italian literary culture, focusing on the nature of modernity through the literature of those who revolt against established norms and expectations. By exploring selected works from authors such as Deledda, Foscolo, Ungaretti, Bertolucci, and Valeri, Thomas E. Peterson considers the categories of vatic poetry, the feminine voice, and the writings of those situated on Italy's cultural periphery.
As practitioners of literary Italian, Peterson argues that these authors are conscious of their role in preserving both language and tradition during a period of great upheaval and national transformation. At the same time, they use their writings to move towards change, combat alienation, and reconfigure the self in relation to the community. In treating the act of authorship in terms of its cultural and didactic significance, Peterson successfully bridges the gap between traditional literary critical monographs and the trend toward cultural studies.
- Series: Toronto Italian Studies
- World Rights
- Page Count: 384 pages
- Illustrations: 2
- Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
Reviews‘This handsome volume contains a collection of essays on a wide array of authors spanning a couple of centuries of Italian Literature….The book as a whole strives to present a coherent front, offering at the same time a great richness of detailed textual analysis, coupled with significant critical insights.’
Modern Language Review, vol 107:02:2012
‘The Revolt of the Scribe is a work of immense sweep as well as intellectual depth.’
Italica, vol 88:02:2011
‘Peterson's volume offers an extremely original and thought provoking interpretation of Italian literary modernity, with its intertwining of stylistic criticism, epistemology, and ethics… The Revolt of the Scribe succeeds in providing an innovative interpretation of literary revolt.’
Italian Culture Review, vol30:01:2012
'The Revolt of the Scribe in Modern Italian Literature is an interesting and informative re-evaluation of modern Italian literary history. Thomas E. Peterson's readings of individual authors are nuanced, thoughtful, and especially insightful as regards inter-textual and cultural contexts.'
Laura Wittman, Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
Author InformationThomas E. Peterson serves on the Scientific Committee of the Centro Studi Franco Fortini at the University of Siena and is Professor of Italian at the University of Georgia.
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