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Giovanni Pascoli, Gabriele D’Annunzio, and the Ethics of Desire

Between Action and Contemplation

Elena Borelli

This book focuses on the notion of desire in late-nineteenth-century Italy, and how this notion shapes the life and works of two of Italy’s most prominent authors at that time, Giovanni Pascoli and Gabriele D’Annunzio. In the fin de siècle, the philosophical speculation on desire, inspired by Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche intersected the popularization of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Within this context, desire is conceptualized as an obscure force and remnant of mankind’s animalistic origins. Both Pascoli and D’Annunzio put into play the drama of desire as a force splitting the unity of the characters in their works, and variously attempt to provide solutions to this haunting force within the human self. « less more »
University Press Copublishing Division / Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Pages: 180Size: 6 x 9
978-1-61147-913-3 • Hardback • March 2017 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-61147-914-0 • eBook • March 2017 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
Elena Borelli is assistant professor of Italian at the City University of New York.
Chapter 1: Desire in the Italian Fin de Siècle: Between Evolutionism and Aestheticism
Chapter 2: Action or Contemplation? The Role of the Artist in Fin de Siècle Italy
Chapter 3: Giovanni Pascoli’s Divine Comedy: a Poem of Desire
Chapter 4: The Male Hero and the Evolution of Desire in D’Annunzio’s Novels
Chapter 5: Giovanni Pascoli’s Poemi Conviviali and the Shipwreck of Desire
Chapter 6: The Centaur of Modernity of the Body Without Desire