Orality and Literacy in Modern Italian Culture

Edited by Michael Caesar and Marina Spunta

Italian Perspectives 14

Legenda

24 May 2006  •  184pp

ISBN: 978-1-904350-73-6 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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In our highly literate culture, orality is all-pervasive. Different kinds of media and performance - theatre, film, television, story-telling, structured play - make us ask what is the relation between improvisation and premeditation, between transcription and textualization, between rehearsal, recollection and re-narration. The challenge of writing down what is spoken is partly technical, but also political and philosophical. How do young writers represent the spoken language of their contemporaries? What are the rules governing the transcription of oral evidence in fiction and non-fiction? Is the relationship between oral and written always a hierarchical one? Does the textualization of the oral destroy, more than it commemorates or preserves, the oral itself? Twelve wide-ranging essays, the majority on contemporary Italian theatre and literature, explore these questions in the most up-to-date account of orality and literacy in modern Italian culture yet produced.

Michael Caesar is Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Birmingham. Marina Spunta is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Leicester.

Reviews:

  • ‘Other strands link the twelve essays: one centres on the idea that 'voice' is something vulnerable and short-lived, while another focuses on the 'hierarchy' implicit in the relationship between orality and literacy. Both are demonstrated, for instance, when 'folk', 'women's' and 'youth' cultures are 'textualised' and thus potentially destroyed, rather than preserved, in writing, leading to the hypothesis that 'orality' is, essentially, irreproducible as 'literacy'.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 46.2, 2010, 247-48

Contents:

1-4
Introduction
Michael Caesar, Marina Spunta
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7-17
Voice, Vision and Orality: Notes on Reading Adriana Cavarero
Michael Caesar
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18-31
Histrionic Transgressions: The Dario Fo–Commedia dell’Arte Relationship Revisited
Arturo Tosi
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32-49
Le poetiche del ‘teatro narrazione’ fra ‘scrittura oralizzante’ e oralità-che-si-fa-testo
Gerardo Guccini
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50-66
Composing, Reciting, Inscribing and Transcribing Playtexts in the Community Theatre of Monticchiello
Richard Andrews
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67-76
An Oral Renarration of a Photoromance, 1960
David Forgacs
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77-90
Identità locali e giochi popolari in Italia tra oralità e scrittura
Alessandra Broccolini
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93-104
The Facets of Italian Orality: An Overview of the Recent Debate
Marina Spunta
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105-116
Literature and Youth in the 1990s: Orality and the Written in Tiziano Scarpa’s Cos’è questo fracasso? and Caliceti and Mozzi’s Quello che ho da dirvi
Kate Litherland
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117-128
Note su oralità e narrazione inattendibile
Elena Porciani
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129-139
Voice and Events in Manlio Calegari’s Comunisti e partigiani: Genova 1942–1945
Marco Codebò
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140-145
Oralità o stile? La trasmissione orale e le modalità narrative ne La Storia di Elsa Morante
Hanna Serkowska
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146-156
Orality, Microhistory and Memory: Gesualdo Bufalino and Claudio Magris between Narrative and History
Catherine O'Rawe
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Bibliography entry:

Caesar, Michael, and Marina Spunta (eds), Orality and Literacy in Modern Italian Culture, Italian Perspectives, 14 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2006)

First footnote reference: 35 Orality and Literacy in Modern Italian Culture, ed. by Michael Caesar and Marina Spunta, Italian Perspectives, 14 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2006), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Caesar and Spunta, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Caesar, Michael, and Marina Spunta (eds). 2006. Orality and Literacy in Modern Italian Culture, Italian Perspectives, 14 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Caesar and Spunta 2006: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Caesar and Spunta 2006: 21.

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