Beyond the Family Romance: The Legend of Pascoli

University of Toronto Press, 15 . 2007 . - : 203

Giovanni Pascoli (18551912) is one of Italys most canonical and beloved poets. In Beyond the Family Romance, Maria Truglio offers fresh insight into the uncanny qualities of Pascolis domestic verse. As suggested by the Freudian title, this study opens a dialogue between Pascolis literature and Freuds theories, with a particular focus on each authors interrogation of origins. Through close readings and historical contextualization, themes of regression, memory, and other manifestations of origins are analyzed, moving Pascolis poetry beyond the biographical strictures that have hitherto confined it.

Truglios post-structuralist readings question the dichotomy between safety within the home and the threatening outside world, revealing the ambivalences with which images of the home are fraught in Pascolis poetry. In addition to the sustained comparison with Freuds writing, Beyond the Family Romance explores parallels between Pascolis work and such writers as Tarchetti, Boito, Poe, and Invernizio. Rethinking the concept of the fanciullino (little child), Truglio shows that Pascolis poetry enacts a symbiosis between the logic of the rational modern adult and the mythic vision of the child.



The Scapigliati and Psychoanalysis
The Poemi conviviali and the Uncanny
The Case of Infanticide
Memory Desire Pietas and Play
Remembering the Golden Age
Reading beyond the Family Romance



Maria Truglio is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at Pennsylvania State University.