A City in Search of an Author

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  • Copyright: 2002-03-12
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark
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Poised between the Mediterranean and the Mitteleuropa, crossroads of civilizations and seat of vibrant cultural and literary life, Trieste is now acknowledged as enjoying unrivalled cultural status amongst Italian cities. This volume, the first comprehensive study of Triestine literature in English, originally reassesses Triestes literary identity, paying particular attention to the period between 1918 and 1954 when local writing became intensely aware of its local specificity and some of its central motifs came prominently to the fore. Triestes singular border identity, mirrored in a variegated literary output, emerges here as laden with complexities and ambiguities, such as the controversial notion of triestinita, the ambiguous relation with nationalism, specifically in its Fascist inflection, and the anxieties generated by repeated re-definitions of the areas historical borders.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Mapsp. 9
Chronology (1910-96)p. 11
Introductionp. 27
Literary Trieste, Triestine Literature and Triestinitap. 37
Triestine Literature: A Definitionp. 39
The Heritage of the Pre-War Generationp. 44
The 'Myth of Trieste' and Triestinitap. 48
Literary Endogamyp. 55
Imagined Topographiesp. 60
Letteratura di Frontiera-Letteratura di Frontierep. 74
The Unbearable Lightness of the Borderp. 74
A Maternal Borderp. 84
The Foiba: Myth and Historyp. 91
The Myth of an Italian Motherlandp. 100
Irredentismo: A Local Brand of Nationalismp. 101
Cultural Delayp. 110
Trieste and the Heritage of the Risorgimentop. 110
Trieste and the Two World Warsp. 112
Trieste and Romanticismp. 115
Italianitap. 117
Maternal Nationalism and the Italian Motherlandp. 128
Quale triestinita? Gender, Confession, Ethnicityp. 138
Women's Writingp. 138
Jewish Writersp. 141
Anti-Slav Writersp. 154
'Emancipated' Writersp. 161
The Jewish Community in Triestep. 167
The Familyp. 172
The Years of Psychoanalysisp. 177
Italy Looks Eastp. 180
Concluding Remarksp. 192
Bibliographyp. 194
Index of Authorsp. 215
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