Sister Souls: The Power of Personal Narrative in the Poetic Works of Antonia Pozzi and Vittorio

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Fairleigh Dickinson, 26 ott 2011 - 140 pagine
This book focuses on the autobiographical poetry of early twentieth century author Antonia Pozzi and her lifelong friend and fellow poet, Vittorio Sereni. Antonia Pozzi, an author whose popularity in Italy has increased dramatically in the past few years, was a young girl during the First World War. She was born into a wealthy and influential family, and, after the rise of Fascism, her father was a prominent state official. In 1938 Pozzi committed suicide at the age of twenty-six. Her major collection of poems, Parole, was published posthumously. Pozzi’s best friend, "brother" and most devoted confidant, Vittorio Sereni, is a more recognizable figure in Italian literary history. Born in 1913, a year after Pozzi, he served in the Italian Army during World War II, and was held in an allied prison camp in Algeria during the last years of the war. While Sereni is by far the better-known author, his response to the war experience and, particularly, to imprisonment recalls Pozzi’s work on a number of levels. In the “diaries” of both authors, autobiography functions as a means of constantly reasserting the self as a unique and separate individual against the totalizing forces of Fascist propaganda.
 

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Indice

Chapter 1 Theoretical Background
1
Chapter 2 Historical Background
9
Chapter 3 Bisogno di una sorella
19
Chapter 4 The Banfi School and the Crisis of Modernity
27
Chapter 5 Pozzi and Sereni A Banfian Aesthetic
45
Chapter 6 If my words could be given
63
Chapter 7 I morti come noi
107
Conclusions
137
Bibliography
145
Index
149
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Amber Godey received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis on 20th century Italian, French and English literatures, and her BA in English from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as Central Texas College, and is currently an adjunct instructor at Western New Mexico University.

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