Italian Rewritings
Subtexts and Reworkings in Italian Literature from Dante to Calvino

Martin McLaughlin

Selected Essays 5

Legenda

  2021

ISBN: 978-1-781885-73-4 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781885-74-1 (paperback, 2022)

ISBN: 978-1-781885-75-8 (JSTOR ebook)

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Almost all literary texts are subject to some form of rewriting. But composing a work of literature that itself is a reworking of a previous text is a recurrent feature of the Italian literary system. Italian literature begins with one of the most famous rewritings of all: Dante’s Inferno is a re-elaboration from a medieval Christian perspective of the sixth book of Virgil’s Aeneid. Classical subtexts lurk beneath not just medieval and Renaissance works in Italian, but are often part of modern and even post-modern reworkings, as in the writings of Italo Calvino. The twenty essays collected in this volume all deal with this significant phenomenon in its different manifestations in major writers of the Italian literary canon, from Dante and Petrarch, through Renaissance authors such as Alberti, Poliziano and Ariosto, down to our own day in writers such as Tabucchi and Calvino.

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McLaughlin, Martin, Italian Rewritings: Subtexts and Reworkings in Italian Literature from Dante to Calvino, Selected Essays, 5 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Italian Rewritings: Subtexts and Reworkings in Italian Literature from Dante to Calvino, martin McLaughlin, Selected Essays, 5 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

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McLaughlin, Martin. 2021. Italian Rewritings: Subtexts and Reworkings in Italian Literature from Dante to Calvino, Selected Essays, 5 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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