Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Bond, Emma, 1979- author.

Title Disrupted narratives : illness, silence and identity in Svevo, Pressburger and Morandini / Emma Bond
Published Abingdon, Oxon : Legenda, 2012
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central Subscription    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (187 pages)
Series Italian perspectives ; 24
Italian perspectives ; 24
Contents Chapter Introduction -- 'When the lights of health go down': Narratives in Negative -- chapter 1 On the Kristevan Semiotic: Language, Desire and Subjectivity -- chapter 2 Hidden Voices: Revelatory Female Illness in Italo Svevo's Senilita and La coscienza di Zeno -- chapter 3 Intimacy in Illness and Silence: Giorgio Pressburger's 'La legge degli spazi bianchi' and 'Vera' -- chapter 4 'Street-haunting': Reclaiming the Semiotic in Giuliana Morandini's / Caffe Specchi
Summary "If Madame Bovary's death in Flaubert's 1857 novel marked the definitive end of the Romantic vision of literary disease, then the advent of psychoanalysis less than half a century later heralded an entirely new set of implications for literature dealing with illness. The theorization of a potential unconscious double (capable of expressing the body, and thus also the intimate damage caused by disease) in turn suggested a capacity to subvert or destabilize the text, exposing the main thread of the narrative to be unreliable or self-conscious. Indeed, the authors examined in this study (Italo Svevo (1861-1928), Giorgio Pressburger (1937- ) and Giuliana Morandini (1938- )) all make use of individual 'infected' or suppressed voices within their texts which unfold through illness to cast doubt on a more (conventionally) dominant narrative standpoint. Applying the theories of Freud and more recent writings by Julia Kristeva, Bond offers a new critical reading of the literary function of illness, a function related to the very nature of narration itself."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 10, 2017)
Subject Morandini, Giuliana -- Criticism and interpretation.
Pressburger, Giorgio, 1937- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Svevo, Italo, 1861-1928 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Pressburger, Giorgio, 1937-
Svevo, Italo, 1861-1928.
Diseases in literature.
Italian fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Diseases in literature.
Italian fiction.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Italian.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315094851