The Cambridge History of Italian Literature

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-08-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Italy possesses one of the richest and most influential literatures of Europe, stretching back to the thirteenth century. This first substantial history of Italian literature to appear in the English language for forty years provides a comprehensive survey of Italian writing from its earliest origins up to the present day. Leading scholars describe and assess the work of writers who have contributed to the Italian literary tradition, including Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, the Renaissance humanists, Machiavelli, Ariosto and Tasso, pioneers and practitioners of commedia dell'arte and opera, and the contemporary novelists Calvino and Eco. The Cambridge History of Italian Literature sets out to be accessible to the general reader as well as to students and scholars: translations are provided, along with a map, chronological chart and up-to-date and substantial bibliographies.

Table of Contents

1. Origins and duecento Jonathan Usher
2. The trecento Lino Pertile, Pamela Stewart, John Took and Steven Botterill
3. The quattrocento Letizia Panizza, Lino Pertile and Peter Marinelli
4. The cinquecento Brian Richardson, Peter Marinelli, Anthony Oldcorn and Richard Andrews
5. The seicento Paulo Cherchi, Albert Mancini and David Kimbell
6. The settecento Franco Fido, David Kimbell
7. The age of Romanticism Giovanni Carsaniga and David Kimbell
8. The literature of United Italy (1870-1910) Robert Dombroski and Felicity Firth
9. The rise and fall of fascism (1910-1945) Robert Dombroski
10. The aftermath of the war (1945-1956) John Gatt-Rutter
11. Contemporary Italy (since 1956) Michael Caesar.

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