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Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni

Francesca Southerden

Abstract

Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni is the first book-length study in English on Vittorio Sereni (1913-83), one of the major figures of Italian twentieth-century poetry. It argues that a key innovation of Sereni’s poetry is constituted in the way in which, from Frontiera [Frontier] (1941) to Stella variabile [Variable Star] (1981), he reworks the boundaries of poetic space to construct a lyric ‘I’ radically repositioned in the textual universe with respect to its predecessors: an ‘I’ that is decentred, in limine, and struggles to subordinate the world to its poin ... More

Keywords: Sereni, landscape, desire, subjectivity, deixis, lyric, loss, Dante, Petrarch, Montale, Leopardi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199698455
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698455.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca Southerden, author
Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, Wellesley College