Fulvio Tomizza
Writing the Trauma of Exile

Marianna Deganutti

Italian Perspectives 38

Legenda

30 September 2018  •  194pp

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In what language is it possible to elaborate the trauma of exile? By dealing with the diaspora from Istria, a borderland located at the intersection of the Italian and the Croato-Slovene civilizations, Fulvio Tomizza (1935-1999), an outstanding and yet still relatively unknown author of the Italian Novecento, questioned exile in depth. This exile, which took place after the post-war redefinition of the Italo-Yugoslav border, corresponds to a trauma, that can be better analysed through the language used by Tomizza, in particular through his multilingualism and self-translation. In this work, Deganutti suggests that only the Italian language the author chooses to write his novels – which corresponds both to a native and a translated tongue – allows him to cope with the trauma of exile, or at least with what could be told about it.

Marianna Deganutti is a Research Associate at the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies – University of Bath.

Reviews:

  • ‘Deganutti’s monograph is a fine and original book whose ultimate merit is to reclaim multilingual, multicultural Tomizza and the exilic predicament of the Istrian borderlands for Italian literature. It is to be hoped that her study will inspire further cross-cultural research on this still contentious and yet incredibly generative literary, historical, and memorial field.’ — Katia Pizzi, Modern Language Review 115.3, July 2020, 736-37 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
Fulvio Tomizza: Fulvio Tomizza
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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1-10
Introduction
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11-41
Chapter 1 Istria: A Frontier Land
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42-69
Chapter 2 Borderland, Language, and the Trauma of the Exile: A Theoretical Approach
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70-100
Chapter 3 Before Exile: Bilingualism and Self-Translation in Materada and La Miglior Vita
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101-126
Chapter 4 the Exilic Rift in La Ragazza Di Petrovia and L’albero Dei Sogni
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127-157
Chapter 5 After Exile: the Writer in Translation From L’amicizia To Franziska
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158-165
Conclusion
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166-178
Bibliography
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179-184
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Deganutti, Marianna, Fulvio Tomizza: Writing the Trauma of Exile, Italian Perspectives, 38 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Marianna Deganutti, Fulvio Tomizza: Writing the Trauma of Exile, Italian Perspectives, 38 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Deganutti, p. 47.

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Deganutti, Marianna. 2018. Fulvio Tomizza: Writing the Trauma of Exile, Italian Perspectives, 38 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Deganutti 2018: 21).

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