Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 1, 2012

byPeter Hainsworth, David Robey

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In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Hainsworth and David Robey consider Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, looking at themes and issues which have recurred throughout its history and continue to be of importance today. Examining themes such as regional identities, political disunity, and the role of the national language, they also cover a wide range of authors and works, including Dante, Petrarch, Manzoni, Montale, and Calvino. They explore some of the distinctive traditions of the literature, such as its likingfor theorizing its own position, its concern with politics, and its secular orientation in spite of the Catholic beliefs and practices of the Italian people. Concluding by looking at the ways in which Italian literature has changed over the last thirty years, they examine the influence of women'swriting in Italian, and acknowledge the belated recognition of its importance.

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In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Hainsworth and David Robey consider Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, looking at themes and issues which have recurred throughout its history and continue to be of importance today. Examining themes such as regional identities, political disunity, and the role of the nati...

Peter Hainsworth lectured in Italian at Hull and Kent Universities before moving to Oxford in 1979. He remained there until he retired in 2003. He has published widely on medieval and modern Italian literature, including Petrarch the Poet (1986). He reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement. His translations of selected works...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231796

ISBN - 13:9780199231799

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PrefaceIntroduction1. History2. Tradition3. Theory4. Politics5. Secularism6. Women