A Gaping Wound
Mourning in Italian Poetry

Edited by Adele Bardazzi, Francesco Giusti, and Emanuela Tandello

Italian Perspectives 54

Legenda

  2022

ISBN: 978-1-839540-49-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-839540-50-9 (paperback, 2023)

ISBN: 978-1-839540-51-6 (JSTOR ebook)

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Poetry has always maintained a particular relationship with mourning and its rituals, but what is it that lyric discourse has to offer in coping with death, grief, and bereavement? On the other hand, how does mourning become a central creative force in lyric poetry? How does this affect the nature of its discourse and the desires it performs? Focusing on poems by Giacomo Leopardi, Guido Gozzano, Giorgio Caproni, Giorgio Bassani, Amelia Rosselli, Antonella Anedda, and Vivian Lamarque, the essays collected in this volume explore how poetry dwells on the boundaries between high lyric and vernacular forms, the personal and the political, the local and the national, the individual and the collective, one’s own story and public history, the masculine and the feminine, individual expression and shared language. The Italian poetic tradition finds two crucial milestones in two collections of poems devoted to the lost beloved, Dante’s Vita Nova and Petrarch’s Canzoniere, and its modern and contemporary ramifications have much to offer for reflection on the ethics and poetics of mourning.

Adele Bardazzi is Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Francesco Giusti teaches Comparative Literature at Bard College Berlin (Germany). Emanuela Tandello is Associate Professor in Italian at Christ Church, University of Oxford.

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Bardazzi, Adele, Francesco Giusti, and Emanuela Tandello (eds), A Gaping Wound: Mourning in Italian Poetry, Italian Perspectives, 54 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Adele Bardazzi, Francesco Giusti, and Emanuela Tandello (eds), A Gaping Wound: Mourning in Italian Poetry, Italian Perspectives, 54 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Bardazzi, Giusti, and Tandello, p. 47.

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