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Introduction to Twentieth Century Italian Literature: A Difficult Modernity Robert S.C. Gordon

Introduction to Twentieth Century Italian Literature: A Difficult Modernity

Robert S.C. Gordon

Published August 26th 2005
ISBN : 9780715634370
Paperback
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Short accessible introductions to European literature and culture. Twentieth-century Italy was marked by a profound and often convulsive transformation in both society and culture, accompanied at various stages by war, violence and dictatorship. ThisMoreShort accessible introductions to European literature and culture. Twentieth-century Italy was marked by a profound and often convulsive transformation in both society and culture, accompanied at various stages by war, violence and dictatorship. This was Italys difficult entry into modernity. The voices of Italian literature responded to this transformation with a bewildering combination of excitement and anxiety, from the loud embrace of the new in Futurism to melancholy laments for tradition. In the process, some of the greatest works of modern literature were created. Robert Gordon offers a vivid overview of the centurys literature, charting a series of motifs of Italys difficult modernity - from war to the city, from language to geography, from marginal groups to avant-garde movements - through a wide array of writers and texts.