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Die Rezeption Des Italienischen Nationen-diskurses in Giovita Scalvinis Il Fuoruscito Und Giovanni Berchets Matilde

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Giovita Scalvini and Giovanni Berchet are two lesser known poets of the early 19th century. Both were exiled after the failed insurrections of 1821, in which they were involved politically. While Scalvini reinterprets the motive of the Alps as a shield against the Austrian enemies, which had been developed by Petrarch, and turns the mountains into a protection against the enemies from inside Italy, Berchet criticizes one of the metaphors used in the discourse about unifying the peninsula as a nation, which depicts Italy as a woman in a bad state who has married a barbarian soldier, and points out that this imagery has led to a self-victimization that hinders overcoming the foreign rule in Italy. By showing the weaknesses and absurdities of the Italian discourse about past glories and how to retain them, both texts are as much expressions of the decline of the old model as they are precursors of a new one, which finds its representation in the genre of the historical novel.
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Language: German

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: September 1, 2017

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  • Romanische Forschungen is one of the oldest German academic journals dedicated to the study of the Romance languages, their literatures, and cultures from all periods. Its editors and editorial board emphasize the interrelatedness of linguistics and literary studies and encourage the submission of articles and reviews with a focus on the Romance world as a whole. Romanische Forschungen publishes in all the major Romance languages, German and English.

    Die Romanischen Forschungen sind eine der ältesten deutschen Fachzeitschriften. Ihr Gegenstand sind die romanischen Sprachen, Literaturen und Kulturen von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgeber und Beirat pflegen die Verbindung von Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft und bevorzugen Beiträge und Rezensionen mit einer gesamtromanischen Fragestellung. Die Publikationssprachen sind außer allen romanischen Sprachen das Deutsche und Englische.
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