Un'assurda abbondanza. Levi e Swift

Mengoni, Martina (2019). Un'assurda abbondanza. Levi e Swift. Studium, 115(5), pp. 652-667. Riviste

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The main focus of the essay is the influence of Gulliver’s Travels on Primo Levi’s writing. Starting from La ricerca delle radici, where Levi includes Swift’s book as one of the crucial readings of his youth, the essay examines the importance of book III and IV of the Travels: they can be considered as an ensemble of imaginative experiments that Levi had in mind while exploring the relationship between language and ideol- ogy in I sommersi e i salvati and the relationship between reason and the repression of the body in his sci-fi stories (in particular Storie naturali). Following Giuseppe Sertoli’s psychoanalytical reading of Gulliver, the essay tries to understand how Levi deals with these two relationships – deeply connected to each other – and how he represents them in his literary work.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Italian Language and Literature
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Italian Language and Literature > Literary Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Mengoni, Martina

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 850 Italian, Romanian & related literatures
400 Language > 450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

ISSN:

0039-4130

Publisher:

Riviste

Language:

Italiano

Submitter:

Martina Mengoni

Date Deposited:

24 Mar 2020 12:36

Last Modified:

26 Mar 2020 05:16

Uncontrolled Keywords:

primo levi; jonathan swift; science fiction; dystopia; phychoanalysis

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.142230

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/142230

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