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By Fabio A Camilletti

In 1816 a violent literary quarrel engulfed Bourbon recovery Italy. On one aspect the Romantics sought after a gap up of Italian tradition in the direction of Europe, and at the different the Classicists favoured an inward-looking Italy. Giacomo Leopardi wrote a Discourse of an Italian on Romantic Poetry aiming to give a contribution to the controversy from a brand new viewpoint

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From this angle, if we consider how paternity is connected in Lacanian theory to the Symbolic order – and therefore to language – the fact that post-revolutionary issues find their battlefield in the literary domain does not sound like a substitute or a surrogate for a political confrontation that has become impossible. In fact, it seems rather appropriate. But what about the children of the revolution? 5. In an interview released in 1993 to Larry McCaffery, David Foster Wallace (born in 1962) described the experience of postmodernism by pointedly employing the metaphor of parenthood: For me, the last few years of the postmodern era have seemed a bit like the way you feel when you’re in high school and your parents go on a trip, and you throw a party.

He would like to thank in a special way Mark Pollard and Janka Romero at Pickering & Chatto, for their invaluable help and patience in the final stages of publication. For having discussed with him many of the matters covered in this book, he would also like to thank Alessandra Aloisi, Simone Brioni, Michael Caesar, Paola Cori, Franco D’Intino, Nicola Gardini, Manuele Gragnolati, Sotirios Paraschas, Loredana Polezzi and Filippo Trentin; the students of the Warwick MA in Pan-Romanticisms, who, in the course of their seminar discussions, helped him to clarify several of the hypotheses presented here; Jennifer Burns, Simon Gilson, Dominic Holdaway, Martina Piperno and Clare Watters for their feedback and their help in preparing the text for publication; and of course Gabrielle for accepting this most engaging task.

Significantly, in this text Leopardi decides to perform himself not only as an Italian, but first and foremost as a young man, sharing concerns that pertain to an entire generation: Io [o Giovani italiani] non vi parlo da maestro ma da compagno … non v’esorto da capitano, ma v’invito da soldato. Sono coetaneo vostro e condiscepolo vostro, ed esco dalle stesse scuole con voi, cresciuto fra gli studi e gli esercizi vostri, e partecipe de’ vostri desideri e delle speranze e de’ timori ([O Young Italians,] I do not speak as a teacher, but as a companion … I do not exhort you as a captain, but I invite you as a soldier.

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