The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 31, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 243 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel provides a broad-ranging introduction to the major trends in the development of the Italian novel from its early modern origin to the contemporary era. Novelists examined include some of the most influential and important of the twentieth century inside and outside Italy: Luigi Pirandello, Primo Levi, Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino. Readers will gain a keen sense of the vitality of the Italian novel throughout its history and a clear picture of the debates and criticism that have surrounded its development.
 

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Contents

The belated development of a theory of the novel in Italian literary culture
1
The forms of long prose f1ction in late medieval and early modern Italian literature
20
Alessandro Manzoni and developments in the historical novel
42
Literary realism in Italy Verga Capuana and verismo
61
Popular fiction between Italian Unification and World War I
75
The foundations of Italian modernism Pirandello Svevo Gadda
89
Neorealist narrative experience and experiment
104
Memory and testimony in Primo Levi and Giorgio Bassani
125
The Italian novel in search of identity history versus reality Lampedusa and Pasolini
136
Feminist writing in the twentieth century
151
Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco postmodern masters
168
Literary cineastes the Italian novel and the cinema
182
Frontier exile and migration in the contemporary Italian novel
197
The new Italian novel
214
Index
233
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Peter Bondanella is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian in the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University.

Andrea Ciccarelli is Chair of the Department of French and Italian and Director of the College of Arts and Humanities Institute at Indiana University.

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