Italica

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

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 3-4, Fall-Winter

AATI Business Meeting
Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy; May 26, 2006 The meeting was called to order by Paolo Giordano at 1:45 p.m. Present: Paolo Giordano, Anthony Tamburri, Andrea Ciccarelli, Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander, Edoardo Lebano, Lucrezia Lindia, Bruna Boyle,...
A Lode E Difesa Dei Recensori E Della Recensione *
Recentemente si e acceso un dibattito sul valore del genere della recensione. Cosi, ad esempio, in riviste specializzate, indirizzate soprattutto a bibliotecari (e.g., Choice), si e discusso se la recensione possa essere considerata un mezzo utile...
Approssimazione Al Sistema Semantico-Stilistico del Sentimento del Tempo Di Ungaretti
Genesi e caratteristiche dell'opera Sentimento del Tempo (articolato in sette sezioni: Prime, La Fine di Crono, Sogni e Accordi, Leggende, Inni, La morte meditata, L'amore) nasce da successive stratificazioni di gruppi di poesie pubblicate in riviste,...
A Semiotics of Judaism: Representations of Judaism and the Jewish Experience in Italian Cinema, 1992-2004
"Con gli anni novanta ... il ... cinema italiano" ... punta l'attenzione sul "ritrovato gusto di sporcarsi le mani con i problemi della societa italiana." (Morandini, cited in Zagarrio 37) In questo passaggio di millennio in cui tutte le crisi si...
A Virtual Revisitation of the Relationship between Creature and Creator in Gabriele Salvatores' Nirvana
In line with his penchant for journey and the making of new experiences Gabriele Salvatores widens further his perspective on the cinema and on the world with the release of the unconventional film Nirvana in 1997. The film opens by advertising the...
Bibliography of Italian Studies in North America 2005 *
The "Bibliography of Italian Studies in North America" includes books, articles, selected book chapters, bibliographies, and reviews published here or abroad by scholars residing in the United States or Canada, as well as reviews of their writings....
Carlo Levi: "Torino" E "Matera" Nella Prosa E Nell'arte Di Un Anno Di Confino
Un torinese del sud: questo il titolo della biografia di Carlo Levi (De Donato e D'Amaro); una definizione concisa ma efficace nell'esprimere la dualita centrale che caratterizza la personalita, l'arte, e l'impegno sociale e politico di questo intellettuale...
Chemical Contaminations: Allegory and Alterity in Primo Levi's Il Sistema Periodico
What if differing rather than consensus were the issue for thinking?--(Jean-Francois Lyotard, Le differand) Despite a title that alludes to one of the principle scientific systems of classifying knowledge--namely, Mendeleev's categorization of the...
Ethics and Ontology in Primo Levi's Survivial in Auschwitz: A Levinasian Reading
How was I able to survive Auschwitz? My principle is: I come first, second and third. Then nothing, then again I; and then all the others. (1)--Ella Lingens-Reiner It is not the concept of "man" which is at the basis of this humanism, it is the...
From beyond the Grave: Ugo Tarchetti's Fosca and A. Beresford's "Fosca"
Fosca was standing at one of the windows of the long low room called the study, and was gazing intently into the street. She was a picture--not of beauty, for she was not beautiful, but of character. Black eyes, raven hair, aquiline nose; all good...
Gazing Women: Elena Stancanelli's Benzina
This essay is part of a larger project in which I investigate the implications and significance of the recurrence of maternal discourse in Italian women's cultural production of the second half of the twentieth century in relation to the decreased...
Goldoni Oggi (1707-2007)
Non so se avro altre occasioni di rivolgermi a un pubblico numeroso di competenti, e percio ho deciso di approfittare di questa per affrontare un argomento che mi sta a cuore da molti anni, e cioe l'opera teatrale di Goldoni e il posto che le spetta...
Intervista a Tiziano Scarpa Di Stefania Lucamante
Ti avrebbe fatto piacere se, in generale, ti avessimo domandato un po' meno di tee un po' di piu dei tuoi libri? ... "non vedo differenza fra le due cose...." (1) Tiziano Scarpa e indubbiamente uno degli scrittori ed intellettuali piu interessanti...
Nihilism, Errancy, and Truth in Pirandello's Cosi E (Se Vi Pare) (1)
INTRODUCTION: THE AMBIGUOUS FORMS OF NIHILISM Luigi Pirandello's Cosi e (se vi pare) (hereafter as Cosi e) dramatizes the way that truth has become a problem in the post-modern era. Friedrich Nietzsche's discussion of how both the pre-modern Christian...
Pasolini Trent'anni Dopo
1. Non ho conosciuto personalmente Pasolini, e questo mi salva da qualsiasi facile glorificazione postuma. Ma l'ho sentito una volta recitare la sua poesia, proprio qui a New York, ed e un'esperienza che non potre dimenticare: un'impressione fortissima....
Rime Di Viaggio per la Terra Dipinto
Introduction Certainly Alfonso Gatto was one of the most original poets to emerge from the cradle of the Hermetic movement during the 1930s. Hermeticism was named after Hermes Trismegistus to whom the forty-two Hermetic books are attributed. Trismegistus...
Second Thoughts on the Diasporic Culture of Italians in America: Here, There, Wherever (1)
It remains, I would submit, difficult to ascertain the level of interest that exists both within the United States--though beyond the geo-cultural borders of what we know of as Italian America--and in Italy, at least in these recent years, with regard...
Self and the City: A Psychoanalytical Reading of Luigi Malerba's Il Serpente
Luigi Malerba has often expressed hostility to psychoanalysis, most notably in the prologue to his collection of dreams, Diario di un sognatore (1981). Here, in this most sustained of attacks, Malerba denounces the Freudian project for its attempt...
Si Sta Facendo Sempre Piu Tardi, Autobiografie Altrui, E Tristano Muore Di Antonio Tabucchi: Dove Va Il Romanzo?
In un mio precedente lavoro avevo formulato alcune ipotesi interpretative sul complesso universo narrativo di Antonio Tabucchi. Ora, alla luce di tre nuovi volumi usciti in un breve lasso di tempo--Si sta facendo sempre piu tardi (2001), (1) Autobiografie...
The Politics of Effeminacy in Il Cortegiano
Castiglione's Il cortegiano is a recurrent stomping ground for scholars working in gender studies of the Renaissance. While most of these critics have focused on the position of women, there has been a marked interest in the gendering of Castiglione's...
The Postponed Revolution: Reading Italian Insurrectionary Leftism as Generational Conflict
The 1978 kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, president of the Christian Democrat party, is commonly seen as the paradigmatic event in postwar Italy's long and bloody history of insurrectionary violence. Moro was held for several weeks, and eventually...
The Return of History: Gianni Amelio's Lamerica, Memory, and National Identity
Marx writes that "all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice ... the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce" (245). In the first scenes of Gianni Amelio's Lamerica (1994) we are confronted with a cinematic equivalent...
"Tra la Via Emilia E Il West"-Displacement and Loss of Identity in the Fiction of Daniele Benati *
Daniele Benati e degli anni che si occupa di letteratura, ha tradotto Joyce, Tony Cafferky, Flann O'Brien, ha tradotto Beckett in dialetto reggiano, ha pubblica--to un racconto in Narratori delle riserve, curato da Gianni Celati, ha pubbli--cato nel...
Veronica Franco vs. Maffio Venier: Sex, Death, and Poetry in Cinquecento Venice
Introduction In recent decades the body, its uses and its history, have become a focus of critical and historical investigation. (1) Still more recently the study of imaginary bodies that do not entirely correspond to the "real" body has come into...