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- DescriptionDigressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading . So declared Laurence Sterne in his Tristram Shandy, the greatest of all monuments to digression. The modern Italian vel was t slow to pick up on Sterne s lesson. This book examines the workings of digression in the vels of five major Italian authors Manzoni, Dossi, Pirandello, Gadda, and Calvi from the birth of the modern vel in the early 19th century to the era of postmodernist experimentation. Digression is shown to play a role in defining t only the poetics of the five authors, but also their underlying world-views, their cognitive and philosophical dispositions. The book explores the tensions digression engenders in narrative texts, by creating extra time within narration, disrupting the readers expectations, and generating an act of reflection upon the narrative process itself. What emerges is a sense of the vitality and flexibility of the device of digression in the Italian tradition, both within the canical vel and the anti-vel, as well as an illuminating and original web of relations between the five authors under analysis.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Olivia Santovetti is a Lecturer in Italian at the University of Leeds.
- Author(s)Olivia Santovetti
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/10/2007
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleItalian Modernities
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2007
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight390 g
- Width220 mm
- Height150 mm
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