Italian Pulp Fiction: The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers

Italian Pulp Fiction: The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers

Italian Pulp Fiction: The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers

Italian Pulp Fiction: The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers

Synopsis

"This volume attempts to provide an analytical, structured context for and a critical approach to the Giovani Cannibali movement that takes into account how the changing cultural and social landscape affects Italian literature and narrative. It uncovers the networks of relations between canonical and non-canonical writings, between tradition and avant-garde, between "highbrow" and "lowbrow" literature. The contributors extol changes in fiction, extricating the new elements in the hybrid and anticlassicist writing proposed by the Giovani Cannibali." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Stefania Lucamante

In recent years, notably since 1996, a brash and provocative narrative trend has generated a great deal of popular and critical attention in Italy. Led by a group of young, innovative writers dubbed the Giovani Cannibali (the Young Cannibals), this new literary movement has presented itself as a clear, dissident alternative to the long-standing Italian literary tradition based on select canonical authors. the primary purpose of this book is to introduce the works of these important new authors to Anglophone readers and critics and to initiate an in-depth discussion of the dynamics that allowed this particular group of Italian writers of the mid-1990s to commence what we believe is a profound and radical evolution in the form and the very ethics of modern Italian literature. the ability of these young Italian writers to narrate stories both about, and to, Italians from within their society is the point of interest that elicits the very reason for this book. They achieve this by employing new linguistic findings: they reproduce as mimetically as possible both linguistic and social realities, and their works diachronically represent a linguistic search as well as aesthetic tensions that mirror the ones also faced by Italian “Pulp” cinema. the portrait these new writers offer of the Italians, particularly of Italian youth, is a desperate and an alienated one, and the piercing ability with which they achieve the desired effect is what constitutes perhaps their innermost original trait.

After calvino

In their works of narrative fiction, these new writers, often counterpoised to the vegetariani, challenge an arcane literary “mannerism” which they believe had entrenched itself in accepted “serious” Italian literature subsequent to Italo Calvino’s death in the mid-1980s. Despite . . .

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