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By Vilma DeGasperin

This ebook examines the oevre of Anna Maria Ortese (1914-1998) from her first literary writings within the Thirties to her nice novels within the Nineties. The research focusses on interweaving center subject matters, loss and the opposite. It starts with the shaping of private lack of an different following dying, separation, abandonment, coupled with depression for life's transience as depicted in autobiographical works and in her masterpiece Il porto di Toledo. The e-book then addresses Ortese's literary engagement with social subject matters in realist tales set in post-war Naples in her assortment Il mare non bagna Napoli after which explores her carrying on with preoccupation with socio-ethical matters, imbued with autobiographical parts, in non-realist texts, together with her masterful novels L'Iguana, Il cardillo addolorato and Alonso e i visionari

The publication combines subject matter and style research, highlighting Ortese's adoption and hybridization of numerous literary kinds akin to poetry, the unconventional, the quick tale, the essay, autobiography, realism, fairy stories, delusion, allegory. In her paintings Ortese weaves an ongoing discussion with literary and non-literary works, via direct quotations, allusions, echoes, adoption of motifs and topoi. The booklet hence highlights the intertextual dating together with her assets: Leopardi, Dante, Petrarch, Manzoni, Collodi, Montale, Serao; Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, Blake, Joyce, Conrad, Melville, Poe, Hawthorne, Hardy; Manrique, Gongora, de Quevedo, Villalon, Bello, Cantar del mio Cid; Heine, Valery, Puccini's Madam Butterfly, folklore, renowned songs, and the Bible. Ortese therefore shapes her literary topics within the historical past of social, political and financial upheavals over six a long time of Italian background, culminating in an allegorical critique of modernity and a choice for a renewed bond among people and the opposite.

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13),26 and on the other, the stepmother– island is contrasted with the figure of ‘mamma’, the real mother back at home, in the lines that follow: 24 De Martino, Morte e pianto rituale, 52–3. This notion has its roots in Benedetto Croce, where he claims: ‘by expressing grief, through various celebrations and the cult of the dead, we overcome grief, by making it objective. Thus, while trying to keep the dead alive, we effectively begin to let them die within us’ (B. Croce, Frammenti di etica (1922), cit.

30 Giovanni Pascoli, Canti di Castelvecchio, ed. Giuseppe Nava (Milan: Rizzoli, 1983), 178. Quotations are from this edition, citing poem title and line numbers. This and later translations of Pascoli by Paul Howard. 28 Loss and the Other in the Visionary Work of Anna Maria Ortese Ma la tavola era coperta dalla tovaglia. Così faceva perché da bambina le avevano detto che quando lasciava la tavola apparecchiata, i morti vi venivano a sedersi. [ . . ] Sognava, di vedere quei poveri morti a tavola, che non c’era nulla per loro: stavano torno torno, con la fronte abbassata e piangevano.

3 Anna Maria Ortese, ‘Il capitano’, in Angelici dolori, 77–95, now in Angelici dolori e altri racconti, 54–65, from which I quote. With the title ‘Capitano sommerso (la Squaw)’ this appears as the last of the ‘rendiconti’ in Il porto di Toledo, 483–98. 4 ‘Anna Maria Ortese, ‘La cura’, Tempo, 158, 4–11 June 1942, p. 23; repr. in In sonno e in veglia (Milan: Adelphi, 1987), 73–81, from which I quote. 20 Loss and the Other in the Visionary Work of Anna Maria Ortese share the focus on the Self and the void created by the absence of the Other through death or separation.

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