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Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy
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Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy

Joseph Luzzi

Abstract

This book explores Italian Romanticism and the modern myth of Italy. Ranging across European and international borders, the book examines the metaphors, facts, and fictions about Italy that were born in the Romantic age and continue to haunt the global literary imagination. The themes of the book include the emergence of Italy as the “world's university” (Goethe) and “mother of arts” (Byron), the influence of Dante's Commedia on Romantic autobiography, and the representation of the Italian body politic as a woman at home and abroad. The book also provides a critical reevaluation of the three c ... More

Keywords: Italian Romanticism, Italy, Romantic age, Dante, Romantic autobiography, body politic, Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, Alessandro Manzoni, foreign imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300123555
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123555.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Luzzi, author