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Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni$
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Francesca Southerden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698455

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698455.001.0001

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Assembling the Lyric Universe

(p.1) Introduction
Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni

Francesca Southerden

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the parameters of the study, beginning from Sereni’s identification of the lyric as a ‘luogo ideale’ [ideal place] – from which his own experience of writing poetry is progressively estranged – and the repercussions this has for an understanding of his poetic subjectivity. The chapter follows with an overview of Sereni’s biography and the genesis of his major poetic collections and prose writings. These are discussed both within the historical context in which they were written and in relation to the major thematic and formal concerns of the poet in the different phases of his production. The final part of the chapter introduces the major threads of the study, including Sereni’s topographic sensibility, his coordination of the space of the poem as a landscape of desire, and the redefinition of the lyric ‘I’ that ensues from that approach.

Keywords:   Sereni, biography, lyric, landscape, desire, subjectivity

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