In the last few decades, considerable critical attention has been devoted to exploring the multiple relationships between Virginia Woolf’s life and works on the one hand, and various forms of artistic expression on the other, with particular focus on the most recent ones, such as photography and cinema, which are emblematic of the modern machine age. As several studies have shown, Woolf was thoroughly familiar with, and deeply interested in what she herself – in...
Science fiction is a foreign genre within the Italian literary tradition, to the extent that ever since it was ‘imported’ in Italy in the early 1950s, translations from English have been the main form through which SF has circulated in Italy in the following decades. Such translations were initially published in popular book series that highlighted the most escapist and colourful elements of the genre. In the 1970s, however, there was an attempt to ‘revise’...
<div> <p>The last poetry book of Julio Reija combines two different poetry collections in the same object though a very peculiar layout designed by the same author. Far from looking for a mere rhetorical effect, the specific layout of the book is constitutive of the way Reija understands poetry: his practice of poetry is a continuous exercise in which words are literally and desperately disjointed, fragmented, took apart in a writing that is always searching...
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<div> <p>The article outlines the creation of the Basque literary system, the relations of mediation between publishers and readers of literature written in Basque, through its evolution during the 20th Century. Being the Basque literary system of a precarious nature due to diglossia, the lack of schooling in Basque and adverse political conditions, the analysis will focus on the most fragile stages in the development of the literary system so as to cast a light...
<div> <p>We include in this volume a selection of recently published research articles about the life and works of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, without including the multiple editions of her publications.</p> </div>
<div> <p>Most Sicilian dialects display a monoclausal construction with a functional verb (usually of motion), followed by the linking element <i>a</i> and a lexical verb called Inflected Construction by Cardinaletti, Giusti (2001, 2003). This construction shows a high degree of cross-linguistic variation. The aim of the paper is to propose the protocols in the sense of Giusti, Zegrean (2015) to conduct fieldwork in this area. Protocol Linguistics is a metamodel of linguistic research that can...
<div> <p>At the beginning of <i>República literaria</i>, Diego de Saavedra Fajardo refers to a ‘artífice español’ that ‘gravó la invención de la imprenta’. As can be seen in his correspondence, the identification of this artist disturbed for many years the valencian scholar Gregorio Mayans, who apparently failed to clarify the meaning of this passage. However, the question of the two redactions of <i>República literaria</i> and the controversy over its authorship provides the necessary information for...
<div> <p>In a year during which some of the most leading figures in Latin American literature were celebrated on their centenary of their birth, (Julio Cortázar, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Octavio Paz), I would like to remember a belated centenary, due to a real “rebirth” in the cultural and literary Cuban scene. I’m going to propose an excellent cuban writer, Virgilio Piñera (1912-1979), who become the subject of growing critical and popular...
<div> <p>Sketch concerns the relationship between topography and literature in the context of Shoah. The author is interested in places affected by extermination as a «place of non-existence» and the word as «real presence».</p> </div>
<div> <p>Doctor María Elena Petrilli and Professor René Lenarduzzi pay tribute to Julio Cortázar through a dialogue between two enthusiastic readers of the stories of the Argentinian writer. Doctor Petrilli, a personal friend of Cortázar, an avid reader, tireless traveler and insatiable curious of all that relates to human beings, cites from some of the letters that she exchanged with Cortázar during those years.</p> </div>
<div> <p>In the last few years, Spanish literature has seen the growing of the interest on the storytelling of Alzheimer. From fiction to diary, from poetry to cinema, a lot of different literary genres and media focused on this cruel, tragic and very common disease. The examples vary from autobiographical story of will-known sick people to the storytelling of writing, in poetic as well as in literary and artistic form, as a therapy. Alzheimer’s disease...
<div> <p>This paper seeks to recall the ‘Italian route’ of the critic Josep Maria Castellet in the last century, a key figure in Spanish and Catalan literature. The Italian publishing and literary worlds served as a point of reference for Castellet, and also for his closest literary companions (José Agustín Goytisolo and Carlos Barral). All of these individuals formed part of the so-called <i>Barcelona School</i>. Over the course of at least two decades, these men...
<div> <p>It is at least curious the fact that nowadays, in this urban society, Spanish documentaries that are focused on rurality are flourishing. This paper is an attempt to better understand this phenomenon that might have an anchoring point in the so called Nova Escola de Barcelona. It also seems to be a social but metaphysic new glance to the countryside highly related with the search of the personal identity and with the anxiety of...
<div> <p>This article analyzes the perspective of everyday life in a society that greatly influences behavior and thinking of the main character and narrator of the novel <i>Pequeñas Maniobras </i>(1963), by Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera. Due to the difficulties introduced by censorship, reception of his work encountered obstacles during the author’s life and very few criticism is now available about this text. The novel offers a particular reading of life and reality that the main...
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Russophobia is one of the most interesting and complex manifestations in contemporary Russian literature. It is widely recognised that Russophobia is a western cultural conceptualization, with an attestation in written literature in the first half of the nineteenth century, when Astolphe de Custine composed La Russie en 1839 (1843) and Donoso Cortés published the Discurso sobre la dictatura (1849). We can presume that western Russophobia was exploited to contain and destabilize Russian Empire spheres of...
Beneath its spectacular Gothic topoi, the experience of subjectivity, the interest in the hidden dimensions of the mind and in the developing fields of neurology and psychiatry, which were challenging post-Enlightenment notions of rationality, traditional constructions of manliness and conventional gender roles, are central in Bram Stoker’s Dracula published in 1897, one year after the term psychoanalysis was introduced. Images of emotional instability, altered states of consciousness, and downright pathologies pervade the novel. Significantly enough,...
For a long time Friedrich Schlegel’s conservatism in his Vienna years has been considered a catholic and restorative thought related to Metternich’s political line. Thus Schlegel’s conservatism, which after the beginning of the Napoleonic Empire in 1804 and the fall of the Sacred Roman Empire in 1806 centres on the ideal of a new Austrian ‘Empire’, is less reactionary and more innovative than it could seem at first sight. Taking into consideration Schlegel’s nearly forgotten...
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