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Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850Stammering the Nation$
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Konstantina Zanou

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788706

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788706.001.0001

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Ugo Foscolo

Ugo Foscolo

A Life of Stammering in Exile

(p.33) 1 Ugo Foscolo
Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850

Konstantina Zanou

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 offers a thematic biography of Ugo Foscolo (1778–1827), one of Italy’s canonical poets. It reconstructs the linguistic and literary landscape of Foscolo’s native Ionian Islands and follows the poet’s gradual Italianization as a man of letters and a political activist. By focusing on his celebrated work Le Ultime Lettere di Jacopo Ortis, it explores the role of exile both as a powerful motif of Risorgimento literature and as a driving force in the poet’s own biography and image-making. Lastly, the chapter investigates Foscolo’s transnational patriotism between Venice, Napoleonic Italy, the British Ionian Islands, and revolutionary Greece.

Keywords:   Ugo Foscolo, national poets, Italian literature, Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi, Vittorio Alfieri, exile, Risorgimento, transnational patriotism, Parga affair, Greek Revolution

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