Voicing the Word: Writing Orality in Contemporary Italian Fiction

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Fiction - 360 pages
Drawing on the recent renewal of interest in the debate on orality and literacy this book investigates the varying perceptions and representations of orality in contemporary Italian fiction, providing a fresh perspective on this rich and fast-developing debate and on the study of the Italian literary language. The book brings together a number of complementary approaches to orality from the fields of linguistics, literary and media studies and offers a detailed analysis of a broad variety of authors and texts that appeared over the last three decades - ranging from internationally acclaimed writers such as Celati, Duranti and Tabucchi, through De Luca and Baricco, to the latest generation of writers, such as Campo, Ballestra and Nove. By exploring the complementary facets of Italian orality, and its diachronical developments since the seventies, this study questions the traditionally dichotomic approach to the study of orality and literacy and posits a more flexible, cross-modal approach that accounts for the increasing hybridisation of text forms and media and for the greater interaction between the spoken and the written as well as their representations.

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spoken and dialogic style
Antonio Tabucchis dialoghi mancati
storytelling and silence
the visual music of the voice
the fictionality of virtual narratives

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About the author (2004)

The Author: Marina Spunta received her first degree in Modern Languages from the University of Bologna in 1992. She was awarded her MPhil in Applied Linguistics from the University of Exeter in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2003. She lectures in Italian at the University of Leicester. Her research focuses on contemporary fiction, linguistics and cinema. She has published on writers such as Benati, Celati, De Luca, Duranti and Tabucchi and she is currently co-editing a volume of essays on orality and literacy in contemporary Italian culture.

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