Edoardo Sanguineti
Literature, Ideology and the Avant-Garde

Edited by Paolo Chirumbolo and John Picchione

Italian Perspectives 26

Legenda

28 May 2013  •  252pp

ISBN: 978-1-907975-78-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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Poet, novelist, theorist, playwright, translator, politician, and teacher, Edoardo Sanguineti (1930-2010) is one of the most original and influential Italian intellectuals of the second post-war period. An ardent and unremitting historical materialist, he investigated the links between language and ideology, literature and the other arts, together with their functions within the logic of late capitalism. The extraordinary range of his creative work persistently defies conventional aesthetic notions.

With their variety of topics and critical perspectives, the essays assembled in this volume explore both the relevance of his theoretical postures and the ideological and formal fabric of his literary production. They highlight his subversive objectives, the complexity of the language, the astonishing linguistic ingenuity, metaliterary significance, whimsical disposition, and provocative social critique. Testimonials by Sanguineti's colleagues and students, presented here in English translation, offer a portrait of the man, his temperament and his distinctiveness, and provide a personal view of the life and work of a brilliant intellectual.

Paolo Chirumbolo is Assistant Professor of Italian at the Department of Foreign Languages, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. John Picchione is Associate Professor of modern Italian literature and culture at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, Toronto.

Reviews:

  • ‘Chirumbolo and Picchione’s impressive volume represents a significant and timely addition to the field, which scholars of Sanguineti will want to follow and explore in the future.’ — Florian Mussgnug, Modern Language Review 111.1, January 2016, 268-70 (full text online)
  • ‘This dense but lucid collection makes a timely and valuable contribution to studies of Sanguineti's works and influence. The combination of critical and personal essays will make this volume particularly compelling to scholars interested in Sanguineti's legacy.’ — Mary Migliozzi, Forum Italicum 250-53
  • ‘A tre anni dalla scomparsa di Edoardo Sanguineti, Paolo Chirumbolo e John Picchione propongono questo interessantissimo volume dedicato al poeta genovese. I due curatori sono da annoverare fra i più prolifici ed attenti critici letterari sulla neoavanguardia italiana in Nord America... Un’autentica perla, un volume essenziale per chi volesse non solo occuparsi di uno dei guru dello sperimentalismo italiano, ma anche per chi intendesse affrontare il variegato mondo della neoavanguardia italiana con più ampio respiro.’ — Beppe Cavatorta, Annali d'Italianistica 32, 2014, 670-72

Contents:

1-8
Introduction
John Picchione
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Part I: Critical Essays
10-23
Between Words and Things: Intellectuals, Avant-garde, and Social Class in Edoardo Sanguineti
Marco Codebò
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24-39
Edoardo Sanguineti’s Critical Orientation on Poetry
Corrado Federici
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40-55
Edoardo Sanguineti’s New Dante
David Lummus
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56-70
Edoardo Sanguineti’s Early Poetry: Between Language and Ideology
Ernesto Livorni
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71-89
The Midlife Poetry of Edoardo Sanguineti
Thomas E. Peterson
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90-105
The Poetry of Unease: Edoardo Sanguineti’s Later Poetry
Cristina Caracchini
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106-117
‘The man who needs to leave’: A Reading of Edoardo Sanguineti’s Final Poetry Collection
Gian Maria Annovi
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118-128
How Experimental Are Edoardo Sanguineti’s Narrative Devices?
Wladimir Krysinski
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129-142
In the Palus Putredinis of Italy’s Bourgeois Domesticity: Edoardo Sanguineti’s Capriccio italiano from Textual Representation to Critical Practice
Norma Bouchard
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143-157
Edoardo Sanguineti: A Unique Translator
Jacob Blakesley
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158-168
The Linguistic Gesture: Edoardo Sanguineti’s Theatre
Mario Moroni
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169-179
Edoardo Sanguineti: A Profile of the Poet as a Cinephile
John P. Welle
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180-192
Edoardo Sanguineti and the Visual Arts: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Paolo Chirumbolo
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Part II: Testimonials
194-196
My Relationship with Edoardo Sanguineti
Renato Barilli
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197
Postcard
Giuseppe Caliceti
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198-202
Sanguineti, Founder and Editor of Bollettario
Nadia Cavalera
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203-209
A Brief Introductory Guide to Sanguineti’s Poetry
Fausto Curi
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210-212
A Memory
Niva Lorenzini
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213-216
Five (or Six) Snapshots
Romano Luperini
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217-220
My Ten Most Important Debts
Francesco Muzzioli
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221-225
My Encounters with the Maestro
Tommaso Ottonieri
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226-228
Sanguineti’s Ars Maieutica
Francesca Savoia
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229-232
What would I be without ES?
Stefano Scodanibbio
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Bibliography entry:

Chirumbolo, Paolo, and John Picchione (eds), Edoardo Sanguineti: Literature, Ideology and the Avant-Garde, Italian Perspectives, 26 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013)

First footnote reference: 35 Edoardo Sanguineti: Literature, Ideology and the Avant-Garde, ed. by Paolo Chirumbolo and John Picchione, Italian Perspectives, 26 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Chirumbolo and Picchione, p. 47.

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Chirumbolo, Paolo, and John Picchione (eds). 2013. Edoardo Sanguineti: Literature, Ideology and the Avant-Garde, Italian Perspectives, 26 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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