Italica

Journal on the study of Italian literature and language (English and Italian) culture, film, and Italian-American studies.

Articles from Vol. 86, No. 4, Winter

"C'era Una Volta la Prigionia": Guareschi's Resistance in the Favola Di Natale
Nel '43 ho rifiutato di servirei tedeschi e fascisti e mi hanno portato in un Lager dove ho usato tutte la mia intelligenza e la mia abilita per impedire che i tedeschi riuscissero a prendere per fame i disgraziati che erano con me. Ho fatto un buon...
"Con Quel Tipo Li: Homosexual Characters in Natalia Ginzburg's Narrative Families
Natalia Ginzburg incorporates numerous homosexual characters in her writings that her critics often overlook or do not consider in any real detail. (1) This negligence refuses to entertain the reasons for which a writer would repeatedly, and as I argue...
Dante's Paradiso as Philosophical Poetry
Awhile ago, I was asked to give a paper on Dante as part of the tradition, begun by Lucretius, of "philosophical poetry." (1) The title of the session made unmistakable reference to George Santayana's Three Philosophical Poets. It was difficult for...
Fantasmi Romani E Decostruzione Urbanistica: Due Romanzi O Uno Solo?
"Appena arrivato a casa sono andato a vedere sul vocabolario che cosa significa <<atopico>> e sono rimasto un po'deluso." "Allergia", Testa d'argento 147. La narrazione e l'arte del racconto sono temi dominanti attorno ai quali si...
Il Permesso
Giuseppe De Santis' unfulfilled dream of making a film about the four hour leave from a top security prison of nine former terrorists Epigraph Giuseppe De Santis (1917-1996) brilliant avant-gardiste, militant intellectual and promoter of...
Informal Academies and Music in Pope Leo X's Rome
Among the quintessentially representative institutions of the Italian Renaissance were the academies, those "sodalities"--or private informal associations of intellectuals--that typically met under the auspices of an eminent benefactor. The esteemed...
Searching for Self through Others in Vittorini's Conversazione in Sicilia and Tabucchi's Notturno Indiano
Acomparative study of Elio Vittorini's seminal neorealist novel onversazione in Sicilia (1941) and Antonio Tabucchi's postmodern novella Notturno indiano (1989) reveals that, in both works, a protagonist makes a literal journey that becomes a voyage...
The Giubbe Rosse Cafe in Florence a Literary and Political Alcove from Futurism to Anti-Fascist Resistance
The literary cafes in Italy and indeed all over Europe have made the history of culture and ideas of that country and that continent, at least, since the eighteenth century. The importance of cafes had noticeably increased throughout the nineteenth...
The Mythopoietic Function of the Noir: Gianrico Carofiglio towards a New Mythology of Justice
Eppure e vero che non si prosegue la lotta contro lo stato di cose presente se non si e ispirati da una qualche narrazione. Wu Ming (1) The increasing success enjoyed in Italy by the noir genre--evidenced by a variety of indicators including volume...