Introduction to Twentieth-century Italian Literature

Introduction to Twentieth-century Italian Literature

A Difficult Modernity

Book - 2005
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Short accessible introductions to European literature and culture. The author offers a vivid overview of the century's literature, charting a series of motifs of Italy's 'difficult modernity' - from war to the city, from language to geography, from marginal groups to avant-garde movements - through a wide array of writers and texts.

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Short accessible introductions to European literature and culture. The author offers a vivid overview of the century's literature, charting a series of motifs of Italy's 'difficult modernity' - from war to the city, from language to geography, from marginal groups to avant-garde movements - through a wide array of writers and texts.


Short accessible introductions to European literature and culture. Twentieth-century Italy was marked by a profound and often convulsive transformation in both society and culture, accompanied at various stages by war, violence and dictatorship. This was Italy's 'difficult' entry into modernity. The voices of Italian literature responded to this transformation with a bewildering combination of excitement and anxiety, from the loud embrace of the new in Futurism to melancholy laments for tradition. In the process, some of the greatest works of modern literature were created. Robert Gordon offers a vivid overview of the century's literature, charting a series of motifs of Italy's 'difficult modernity' - from war to the city, from language to geography, from marginal groups to avant-garde movements - through a wide array of writers and texts.



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The literature and history of 20th-century Italy, says Gordon (Italian, Cambridge U.) was dominated by the struggle to come to terms with modernity. Rather than considering major texts and authors in a steady chronology, he traces key motifs of modernity and reactions against it. Distributed in the US by International Publishers Marketing. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London : Duckworth, 2005
ISBN: 9780715634370
0715634372
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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