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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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Poetry as Desire‐Space

Poetry as Desire‐Space

Petrarchan Ascendancies in Gli strumenti umani and Stella variabile

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Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni

Francesca Southerden

Oxford University Press

Focusing on the later poetry, this chapter analyses further the topography of Sereni’s lyric subject, looking back to the model of the desiring self in Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, which Sereni reworks as a facet of his own desiring landscape. The point of interchange between the two authors emerges in the identity of the ‘phantasm’: a recollected space in the imagination and memory understood as a dynamic mise en scène of desire that implicates the subject as much as his object. Deixis again maps the vicissitudes of the ‘I’ in this space and Sereni’s more limited success with respect to Petrarch. Close-readings of poems by both poets confirm the powerful force exerted by the memory of Petrarch’s lyric universe as a ‘luogo ideale’ [ideal place], from which Sereni is progressively estranged and his inability to create the same conditions of desire that existed for the earlier author.

Keywords:   Sereni, Petrarch, Char, deixis, desire, landscape, subjectivity, lyric, phantasm

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