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- DescriptionThis book investigates the relationship between Di Buzzati's fiction and Anglo-American culture by focusing on his re-use of visual texts (Arthur Rackham's illustrations), narrative sources (Joseph Conrad's vels), and topoi belonging to such genres as the seafaring tale, the ghost story and the Christmas story. Tracing Buzzati's recurring theme of the loss of imagination, Di Buzzati and Anglo-American Culture shows that, far from being a mere imitator, he carries on an original and conscious reworking of pre-existing literary motifs. Especially through the adoption of intertextual strategies, Buzzati laments the lack of an imaginative urge in contemporary society and attempts a recovery of the fantastic imagery of his models. Alongside a reconsideration of Buzzati's intertextuality, this book offers new insights into Buzzati's fantastic fiction, by highlighting its playful and ironic component as opposed to the more overtly pervading sense of gloominess and stalgia. Furthermore, while filling a gap in the critical study of Buzzati in the English-speaking world, the book contributes towards a general reassessment of an author who, although regarded as mir for many years, can rightly be ranked among the masters of twentieth-century fantastic literature.
- Author BiographyValentina Polcini holds a Doctorate in English, from the University of Chieti, Italy, and a PhD in Italian, from the University of Exeter, UK. She has been a Teaching and Research Fellow at Exeter and other universities in Italy. Her research interests include science fiction, fantastic literature, intertextual and intermedial studies, comparative literature. She has published several articles and reviews, and a book on J. G. Ballard.
- Author(s)Valentina Polcini
- PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Date of Publication21/05/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width148 mm
- Height212 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
- Edition Statement1st Unabridged
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