Volume 29 (2011)

Italian Critical Theory

Editor: Alessandro Carrera

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Table of Contents

13 Alessandro Carrera, The Many Challenges of Italian Theory

I. Theoretical Workshop

33 Enzo Paci and His Students, A Debate on Antonioni’s L’eclisse (1962)

59 Massimo Cacciari, History and Destiny

69 Massimo Donà, The Original Betrayal: Nihilism and Nullification of the Negative

91 Rocco Ronchi, I Do Not Remember: Philosophy and Oblivion

107 Emanuele Severino, Technics, Nihilism, Truth

123 Carlo Sini, The Beyond of Language 131 Francesco Tomatis, Luigi Pareyson: Good, Evil, Freedom

II. Ethics and Bioethics; Politics and Biopolitics

141 Paolo Bartoloni, Thinking Thingness: Agamben and Perniola

163 Adriana Cavarero, Judith Butler and the Belligerent Subject

171 Roberta De Monticelli, What is a Choice? Phenomenology and Neurobiology

189 Colby Dickinson, Biopolitics and the Theological Body: On the Apparent Absence of Gender in the Work of Giorgio Agamben

205 Roberto Esposito, From the Unpolitical to Biopolitics

215 Federico Leoni and Rocco Ronchi, The Ghost of Life: For a Genealogy of Bioethics

229 Federico Luisetti, The Italian Anomaly: Populism and the Unpolitical in the New Old World

III. Literature and the Arts

237 Maurizio Cecchetti, For Sensitive Skin: On the Transformation of Architecture into Design

253 Francesco Chillemi, Carmelo Bene and the Overcoming of Logocentrism: Epiphany of the Primordial Voice in the Eclipse of Meaning

269 Thomas J. Harrison, A Tale of Two Giannis: Writing as Rememoration

291 Joseph Luzzi, The Ends of Poetry: Sense and Sound in Giorgio Agamben and Ugo Foscolo

301 Guido Oldani, Terminal Realism

315 Mario Perniola, Literati and Revolutionaries in Rome between 1968 and 1970 325 Paolo Valesio, On Mysticism and Modern Italian Poetry

IV. History and Geography of Italian Theory

343 Norma Bouchard, Italy’s Geophilosophies of the Mediterranean

363 Justin L. Harmon, Adventures of Form: Italian Aesthetics from Neo-Idealism to Pareyson

381 Massimo Lollini, Vico’s More than Human Humanism

401 Tullio Pagano, Reclaiming Landscape

417 Francesca Parmeggiani, Speaking of God: The Post-Secular Challenge for Italian Feminist Thought and Practices

431 Rocco Rubini, Humanism Is an Existentialism: Renaissance & Vichian Legacies in Italian Philosophy between Hegel and Heidegger

459 Giulia Santi, Ludovico Geymonat’s Materialism: Leopardi, Lenin, Timpanaro

Italian Bookshelf

Edited by Dino S. Cervigni and Anne Tordi with the collaboration of Norma Bouchard, Paolo Cherchi, Gustavo Costa, Albert N. Mancini, Massimo Maggiari, and John P. Welle

General & Miscellaneous Studies

477 Jacqueline Andall and Derek Duncan, eds. National Belongings. Hybridity in Italian Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures. Bern: Peter Lang, 2010. Pp. 239. (Chiara De Santi, SUNY Fredonia)

479 Archeografo triestino. Serie IV. Vol. LXX/1. Trieste: Società di Minerva, 2010. Pp. 480. (K. E. Bättig von Wittelsbach, Cornell University)

481 Eamonn Canniffe. The Politics of the Piazza: The History and Meaning of the Italian Square. Hampshire: Ashgate, 2008. Pp. 288. (Sydney Conrad, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

484 Remo Ceserani. Convergenze. Gli strumenti letterari e le altre discipline, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2010. Pp. 200. (Giusy Di Filippo, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

486 Journal of Italian Translation4.2 (Fall 2009). Ed. Luigi Bonaffini. Pp. 274. Journal of Italian Translation5.1 (Spring 2010). Ed. Luigi Bonaffini. Pp. 295. (Margherita Zanoletti, The University ofSydney)

488 Laboratoire italien. Politique et société 8 (2008). Géographie et politique au début de l’âge modern. Ed. Paolo Carta and Romain Descendre. Lyon: CERPPI (ENS) and Dipartimento di scienze giuridiche dell’Università di Trento, 2008. Pp. 303. (Susan L. Rosenstreich, DowlingCollege)

490 Francesco Lanza. Sicilian Mimes: A Gallery of Sly and Rustic Tales. Ed. and trans. Gaetano Cipolla. New York: Legas, 2010. Pp. 143. (RoseAnna Mueller, Columbia College Chicago)

492 Suzanne Magnanini. Fairy-Tale Science: Monstrous Generation in the Tales of Straparola and Basile. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2008. Pp. ix + 221. (Lorenza Gianfrancesco, British Library)

495 Vincenzo Milione and Christine Gambino. Sì, parliamo italiano. Globalization of the Italian Culture in the United States. Calandra Institute Transactions. New York: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 2009. Pp. 89. (Anna De Fina, Georgetown University)

497 Craig A. Monson. Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art, and Arson in the Convents of Italy. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2010. Pp. 241. (Louise Rozier, University of Arkansas)

499 Vincent N. Parrillo, ed. Uncertainty and Insecurity in the New Age: Studies in Italian Americana. New York: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 2009. Pp. 368. (Mattia Marino, Bangor University)

501 Silvia Ross. Tuscan Spaces: Literary Constructions of Place. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010. Pp. 224. (Monica Seger, University of Oklahoma)

503 Laura Salsini. Addressing the Letter: Italian Women Writers’ Epistolary Fiction. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010. Pp. 190. (Cristina Mazzoni, University of Vermont)

505 Studi d’italianistica nell’Africa Australe / Italian Studies in Southern Africa22.1 (2009). Pp. 131. (K. E. Bättig von Wittelsbach, Cornell University)

Middle Ages & Renaissance

507 Ludovico Ariosto. “My Muse Will Have a Story to Paint.” Selected Prose of Ludovico Ariosto. Trans. Dennis Looney. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010. Pp. 328. (Chris Picicci, Colorado State University)

510 Marco Cerocchi. Funzioni semantiche e metatestuali della musica in Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio. Biblioteca dell’Archivum romanicum. Firenze: Olschki, 2010. Pp. xii-160. (Stefano Adami, Università per Stranieri, Siena. Fondazione L. Bianciardi)

512 Anthony Cristiano. Dante Alighieri’s Inferno Metaphor. The Revised Interlinear Edition + 5 novi canti. Pref. Franco Pierno. Toronto: Polypus Publishing, 2010. Pp. 425. (Massimo Verdicchio,University of Alberta)

514 Stefano Dall’Aglio. Savonarola and Savonarolism. Trans. John Gagné. Essays and Studies 24. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2010. Pp. 190. (Filomena Calabrese, University of Toronto)

516 Claudia Di Fonzo, ed. L’ultima forma dell’Ottimo Commento: chiose sopra la Comedia di Dante Alleghieri fiorentino tracte da diversi ghiosatori. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2008. Pp. 317. (Elizabeth Emslie Stevens, UCLA)

517 Julia L. Hairston and Walter Stephens, eds. The Body in Early Modern Italy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 2010. Pp. x-438. (Bryan Brazeau, New York University)

519 Victoria Kirkham and Armando Maggi, eds. Petrarch. A Critical Guide to the Complete Works.Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2009. Pp. 542. (Aileen A. Feng, University of Arizona)

522 Gerry Milligan and Jane Tylus, eds. The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain. Essays and Studies 22. Toronto: U of Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2010. Pp. 398. (Alexandra Coller, City University of New York, Lehman College)

524 Alessandro Polcri. Luigi Pulci e la Chimera. Studi sull’allegoria nel Morgante. Firenze: Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2010. Pp. XXVI + 299. (Stefano Nicosia, Università di Palermo)

527 The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools, and Studies: Essays in Honour of Paul F. Grendler. Ed. Konrad Eisenbichler and Nicholas Terpstra.Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies: Essays and Studies 16. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Publications,2008. Pp. 373. (Roberto Nicosia, Rutgers University)

530 William T. Rossiter. Chaucer and Petrarch. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2010. Pp. 235. (Enrico Minardi, Arizona State University)

532 Marco Santoro. La donna nel Rinascimento meridionale. Atti del convegno internazionale Roma 11-13 novembre 2009. Pisa: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2010. Pp. 468. (Anna Maria Cantore, Universitàdegli Studi diBari)

535 Giuseppe Savoca. Il Canzoniere di Petrarca tra codicologia ed ecdotica. Firenze: Olschki, 2008. Francesco Petrarca. Rerum vulgarium fragmenta. Edizione critica. Ed. Giuseppe Savoca. Firenze: Olschki, 2008. (Laurie Shepard, Boston College)

Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries

537 Edmondo De Amicis. Impressioni di Roma. La breccia di Porta Pia. 20 settembre 1870. Ed. Gabriella Romani. Venezia: Marsilio 2010. Pp.174. (Giuseppe Prigiotti, Duke University)

539 Paolo Mantegazza. The Year 3000: A Dream. Ed. and introd. Nicoletta Pireddu. Trans. David Jacobson. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2010. Pp. 224. (Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University)

Twentieth & Twenty-First Centuries: Literature, Film, Theory

541 Giuliana Adamo, ed. La parola scritta e pronunciata. Nuovi saggi sulla narrativa di Vincenzo Consolo. San Cesario di Lecce: Manni Editore, 2006. Pp. 214. (Lidia Ciccone, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

543 Pierpaolo Antonello and Florian Mussgnug, eds. Postmodern Impegno: Ethics and Commitment in Contemporary Italian Culture. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009. Pp. 344. (Anita Virga, University of Connecticut)

545 Daniela Bartalesi-Graf. Voci dal sud: A Journey to Southern Italy with Carlo Levi and his Christ Stopped at Eboli. New Haven: Yale UP, 2011. Pp. 419. (Giovanna Faleschini Lerner, Franklin and Marshall College)

547 Charles Burdett. Journeys through Fascism: Italian Travel Writing Between the Wars. Remapping Cultural History 7. New York: Berghahn Books, 2007. Pp. 270. (Viktor Berberi, University of Minnesota, Morris)

550 Simone Castaldi. Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2010. Pp. 150. (David Filipi, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University)

552 Beppe Cavatorta. Scrivere contro. Viaggio nella narrativa sperimentale italiana del XX secolo. Piacenza: Scritture, 2010. Pp. 246. (Marco Codebò, Long Island University)

554 Paolo Cherchi and Cosetta Seno Reed. Gli italiani e l’italiano nell’America del Nord. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2010. Pp. 126. (SamuelGhelli, York College/CUNY)

556 Niccolò D’Aquino, Anthony J. Tamburri, Gail McDowell, and Piero Bassetti. Italic Lessons: An On-Going Dialog. New York, NY: Bordighera Press, 2010. Pp. 120. (Erica Moretti, Brown University)

558 Giovanna De Luca. Il punto di vista dell’infanzia nel cinema italiano e francese: rivisioni. Napoli: Liguori Editore, 2009. Pp. 338. (Fulvio Orsitto, California State University, Chico)

560 Leonilde Frieri Ruberto. Such Is Life. Ma la vita è fatta così. Trans. Laura E. Ruberto. New York: Bordighera Press, 2010. Pp. 97. (Jessica Greenfield, University of North Texas)

562 Raffaele Furno.Intra-Cultural Theatre: Performing the Life of Black Migrants to Italy. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag, 2010. Pp. 198. (Norma Bouchard, The University of Connecticut, Storrs)

565 Vita Giordano. Dalle avventure ai miracoli. Massimo Bontempelli fra narrativa e metanarrativa. Leicester: Troubadour Publishing, 2009. Pp. xxviii + 194. (Luca Somigli, University of Toronto)

568 Birgitte Grundtvig, Martin McLaughlin, & Lene Waage Petersen, eds. Image, Eye and Art in Calvino. Writing Visibility. Oxford: Legenda, 2007. Pp. 305. (Inge Lanslots, Lessius University College / K. U. Leuven, UA)

570 L’Italie en jaune et noir. La Littérature policière de 1990 à nos jours. Ed. Maria Pia De Paulis-Dalembert. Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010. Pp. 289. (Federica Colleoni, James Madison University)

572 Monica Jansen, Yasmina Khamal, eds. Memoria in noir. Un’indagine pluridisciplinare. Bruxelles: Pie Peter Lang, 2010. Pp. 313. (Angelo Castagnino, The University of North Carolina at ChapelHill)

574 Menotti Lerro. L’io lirico nella poesia autobiografica. Civitella in Val di Chiana (AR): Editrice Zona, 2009. Pp. 96. (Eleanor Parker, University of Oxford)

577 Mediated Ethnicity: New Italian-American Cinema. Ed. GiulianaMuscio,Joseph Sciorra,Giovanni Spagnoletti, Anthony Julian Tamburri. Studies in Italian Americana 2. New York: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, The City University of New York, 2010. Pp. 299. (RoseAnna Mueller, Columbia College Chicago)

579 Neoavanguardia. Italian Experimental Literature and Arts in the 1960s. Ed. Paolo Chirumbolo, Mario Moroni and Luca Somigli. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010. Pp. 319. (Mimmo Cangiano, Duke University)

581 Amelia Nigro.Dalla parte dell’effimero: ovvero Calvino e il paratesto. Pisa: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2007. Pp. 214. (Mark Rinaldi, CUNY GraduateCenter)

582 Alan O’Leary. Tragedia all’italiana. Italian Cinema and Italian Terrorism 1970-2010. Bern: Peter Lang, 2011. Pp. XV + 284. (Norma Bouchard, The University of Connecticut, Storrs)

585 Linda Pennings. Polemiche novecentesche, tra letteratura e musica. Romanzo, melodramma, prosa d’arte. Firenze: Franco Casati Editore, 2009. Pp. 121. (Beppe Cavatorta, University of Arizona)

587 Emiliano Perra. Conflicts of Memory: The Reception of Holocaust Films and TV Programmes in Italy, 1945 to the Present. Bern: Peter Lang, 2010. Pp. 291. (Stefania Lucamante, The Catholic University of America)

590 Thomas E. Peterson. The Revolt of the Scribe in Modern Italian Literature. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010. Pp. 359. (Simone Castaldi, Hofstra University)

592 Giovanna Providenti. La porta è aperta. Vita di Goliarda Sapienza. Catania: Villaggio Maori Edizioni, 2010. Pp. 209. (Maria Teresa Maenza, Creighton University)

594 Lucia Quaquarelli, ed. Sulla letteratura italiana dell’immigrazione. Milano: Morellini Editore, 2010. Pp. 199. (Norma Bouchard, University of Connecticut, Storrs)

597 Christopher Rundle. Publishing Translations in Fascist Italy. Bern: Peter Lang AG, 2010. Pp. 268.(Kathleen Gaudet, University of Toronto)

599 Silvia Savioli, ed. Cesare Pavese – Renato Poggioli. A Meeting of Minds. Carteggio 1947-1950. Introduzione di Roberto Ludovico. Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso, 2010. (Samuele F. S. Pardini, Elon University)

601 Raniero Speelman, Monica Jansen, and Silvia Gaiga, eds.Contemporary Jewish Writers in Italy: A Generational Approach. Italianistica Ultraiectina 2. Utrecht: Igitur Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services, 2007. Pp. 320. (Gabrielle Elissa Popoff, Columbia University)

603 Myriam Tanant, ed., with Anne Boulé and Brigitte Le Gouez. Cinéma italien du 21ème siècle. Chroniques Italiennes 26.85-86 (2010). Pp. 248. (Gaetana Marrone, Princeton University)

606 Dieter Vermandere, Monica Jansen & Inge Lanslots, eds. Noir de noir. Un’indagine pluridisciplinare. Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2010. Pp. 270. (Angelo Castagnino, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Brief Notices

Edited by Anne Tordi

608 Studi d’Italianistica nell’Africa australe 23.2 (2010). Pp. 159.

608 Giorgio Ausenda, Paolo Delogu, and Chris Wickham, eds. The Langobards Before the Frankish Conquest. An Ethnographic Perspective. The Boydell Press, 2009.

609 New Italian Poetry. An Anthology. Ed. Alessandro Moscè. English trans. Emanuel di Pasquale. Stony Brook, NY: Gradiva Publications, 2006. Pp.211.

609 Misure critiche. Rivista semestrale di letteratura e cultura varia. Nuova serie 7/8.1/2 (2008-2009). Salerno: Casa Editrice La Fenice. Pp. 414.

610 Roberto Salsano. Poetica drammaturgica primosettecentesca in Simone Maria Poggi. Roma: Bulzoni Editore, 2009. Pp. 87.

610 Svend Bach, Jacqueline Brunet, and Carlo Alberto Mastrelli. Quadrivio romanzo. Dall’italiano al francese, allo spagnolo, al portoghese. Firenze: Accademia della Crusca, 2008. Pp. 480.

611 Ada Negri. The Book of Mara. Introd. and trans. Maria A. Costantini. New York: Italica Press, 2011. Pp. 118.

611 Ada Negri. Songs of the Island. Introd. and trans. Maria A. Costantini. New York: Italica Press, 2011. Pp. 162.

611 Adriano Spatola. The Porthole. Trans. Beppe Cavatorta and Polly Geller. Ed. and Afterword Beppe Cavatorta. Los Angeles: Otis Books / Seismicity Editions, 2011.

612 Francesca Turini Bufalini. Autobiographical Poems. A Bilingual Edition. Ed. Natalia Costa-Zalessow. Trans. Joan E. Borrelli with the participation of Natalia Costa-Zalessow. New York: Bordighera Press, 2009. Pp. 199.

612 Franco Zangrilli, ed. Spiritualità e storia nell’opera di Rodolfo Doni. Firenze: Edizioni Polistampa, 2008. Pp. 271.

613 Esperienze letterarie 4, 35 (2010). Pp. 157.

614 Massimiliano Merisi. “Ma non è un ‘romanzo storico’”: Rocco Montano lettore dei Promessi sposi. Salerno: Edisud, 2010. (Luciano Parisi)