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Ecocritical Approaches to Italian Culture and Literature


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Introduction. Pasquale Verdicchio Ch. 1 The Wisdom Of The Hand And The Memory Of A Mediterranean More Than Human Humanism. Massimo Lollini Ch. 2 The Hybrid "Biocitizen" In Italo Calvino's Marcovaldo Or The Seasons In The City. Adele Sanna Ch. 3 Italian Woods Between Environmentalism And Children's Literature In Dino Buzzati's Il Segreto Del Bosco Vecchio. Viola Ardeni Ch. 4 The Cervi Family: A Peasant Story. Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan Ch. 5 A House In Flames: Environmental Ethics In The Writing Of Sebastiano Vassalli. Meriel Tulante Ch. 6 Il Bosco Degli Urogalli. A Lieu De Memoire. Stefania Nedderman Ch. 7 The Environmental Aesthetics Of Sabina Guzzanti's Le Ragione Dell'aragosta. Marguerite Waller Ch. 8 Toxic Disorder And Civic Possibility: Viewing The Land Of Fires From The Phlegraean Fields. Pasquale Verdicchio

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Pasquale Verdicchio is director of the Italian Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego.


This collection of eight essays is a welcome and important addition to the growing body of ecocritical scholarship on Italian land and literature. -- Patrick Barron, University of Massachusetts, Boston
From TV series to Italo Calvino, from children literature to toxic contamination Pasquale Verdicchio has gathered an astonishing collection of essays which contributes magisterially to both Italian ecocriticism and the discipline at large. Ecocritical Approaches to Italian Culture and Literature: The Denatured Wild is the essential companion to any exploration into the Italian material and intellectual landscape. -- Marco Armiero, Royal Institute of Technology
If ecocriticism is the attempt to shape new vocabularies for an age of environmental crises, this collection, masterfully conceived and edited by Pasquale Verdicchio, invites us to think Italy as a mobile reality beyond ecological cliches, whether of "Great Beauty" or irredeemable decadence. Encompassing a rich array of subjects, genres, and voices, Ecocritical Approaches to Italian Literature and Culture: The Denatured Wild tells us of a country that, in spite of its cultural ambivalences and political contradictions, teems with ecological creativity and visions of future. If there is a book with which anyone studying Italian ecocriticism should start, this is the one. -- Serenella Iovino, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Turin, Italy

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