Cristianità, Europa e piccole patrie. Le geografie cavalleresche nella modernità letteraria

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Christianity, Europe and small homelands. Chivalrous geographies in literary modernity

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Abstract

The chivalric subject exerts a major attraction over 19th and 20th century Italian writers, despite the progressive exhaustion of the epic poems. This article aims to use the chivalric revival as a filter to focus on the evolution of the geographical paradigms that took place throughout the modern and contemporary literature. It will be examined first the transition from a supranational idea of Christianity to the current cultural and political concept of Europe, occurring between the Protestant Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment. This phenomenon gave rise to a new class of secular writers, as we can clearly see in the novel Le confessioni d’un italiano by Ippolito Nievo: the foundation of a unified Italy replaced the ancien régime and its feudal ideology, for which poems like Orlando furioso and Gerusalemme liberata represented a manifesto. This essay will also try to show that Nievo’s nationalistic proposal became obsolete in the 20th century, as globalisation determined Italo Calvino’s cosmopolitan and Ariostean fiction as well as Gianni Celati’s, Gesualdo Bufalino’s, and Giuseppe Pederiali’s nostalgic chivalric rewritings. In the 1990s, the latter authors rejected the homologation of the post-modern society and turned their gaze to the regional or municipal homeland where they recognized their roots, both linguistically and anthropologically.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Christianity, Europe and small homelands. Chivalrous geographies in literary modernity
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)224-249
Number of pages26
JournalSTUDIUM
Volume116
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Chivalric Literature
  • Christianity
  • Contemporary italian literature
  • Cristianità
  • Europa
  • Europe
  • Gesualdo Bufalino
  • Gianni Celati
  • Giuseppe Pederiali
  • Globalization
  • Globalizzazione
  • Ippolito Nievo
  • Italo Calvino
  • Letteratura cavalleresca
  • Letteratura italiana contemporanea
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Novecento
  • Ottocento
  • Twentieth Century

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