Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni by Francesca SoutherdenLandscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni by Francesca Southerden

Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni

byFrancesca Southerden

Hardcover | February 12, 2012

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Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni is the first book-length study in English on Vittorio Sereni (1913-83), one of the major figures of Italian twentieth-century poetry. It argues that a key innovation of Sereni's poetry is constituted in the way in which, from Frontiera[Frontier] (1941) to Stella variabile [Variable Star] (1981), he reworks the boundaries of poetic space to construct a lyric 'I' radically repositioned in the textual universe with respect to its predecessors: an 'I' that is decentred, in limine, and struggles to subordinate the world to its pointof view. Through an interdisciplinary framework that bridges psychoanalytic, linguistic, and poetic theory, two main dimensions of Sereni's work are revisited and reassessed. The first is the role of liminality, which is presented as a condition of writing and as the mark of a desiring subject whose mostdesired object is the complete poem or total identity that elude him. The second is Sereni's relationship to the Italian poetic tradition, including Dante, Petrarch, Leopardi, and Montale, who mediate his contact with a textual beyond that slips further and further from view. The study maps, throughclose-reading, the poet's evolving use of deictic reference (spatio-temporal coordinates, demonstratives, personal pronouns) and the progressive transformation of the poem into a place of frustrated desire that occludes fulfilment. It argues that Sereni's particular brand of experimentalism developsfrom this point and that he represents a unique moment in the history of twentieth-century Italian poetry in the way in which he adapts pre-existing models of lyric discourse to new modes of expression.
Francesca Southerden is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Wellesley College. She obtained her D.Phil. in Italian Literature from Hertford College, Oxford and afterwards held the post of Mary Ewart Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford (2007-2010). Her research interests include medieval and modern Italian p...
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Title:Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio SereniFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199698457

ISBN - 13:9780199698455

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Assembling the Lyric Universe1. Carte dell'io: Towards a Definition of Subjectivity in Sereni2. Replotting the Textual landscape: The Role of Deixis in Frontiera and Gli strumenti umani3. 'L'incerto lembo': Liminal Topographies from Montale to Sereni4. Poetry as Desire-space: Petrarchan Ascendancies in Gli strumenti umani and Stella variabile5. 'Memorie triste', 'passi perduti': The Melancholy Journey and the Return to Dante6. 'Sei piu in la': The Destination of Poetry, the Limits of IdentityAppendix: Guide to Index of Archive Catalogue, Archivio Vittorio Sereni, Luino (VA)BibliographyIndex