Fictive Mediation and Mediated Fiction in the Novels of Giovanni Verga

Fictive Mediation and Mediated Fiction in the Novels of Giovanni Verga

By: Darby Tench (author)Hardback

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This book addresses the question of mediation as it emerges through Verga's narrative and theoretical works from many different and interrelated perspectives. The most prominent literary theorists used by Prof. Tench are Michele Serres and Mikhail Bakhtin. These theories are reinforced, together with many others, and re-emerge throughout the book. Darby Tench has written an important book. "Fictive Mediation and Mediated Fiction in The Novels of Giovanni Verga" is not only a study of one of Italy's most original nineteenth-century novelists, but also a thought-provoking reflection on realism in general. To my knowledge, no other critic before Professor Tench has ever attempted a reading of Giovanni Verga's narrative by using the concept of mediation. Her reading of Verga's narrative, and I Malavoglia in particular, is extremely original, and I think it will have a long lasting impact on Verga scholarship. The study shows a rare talent for close reading of literary texts, combined with an exemplary mastery of critical theory. The book is beautifully written, in a style full of metaphors and subtle references to a wide range of fictional and theoretical texts. It is a real pleasure to read, although it is not an easy book. Chapter Three and the first two sections of Chapter Four are truly outstanding. In these 100 pages, Darby Tench gives her most important contribution to Verga studies. In other respects, "Fictive Mediation and Mediated Fiction" reads like a long essay. The four chapters are closely linked, primarily addressing the question of mediation as it emerges through Verga's narrative and theoretical works (mainly prefaces and letters) from different and interrelated perspectives. The most prominent literary theorists invoked by Professor Tench are Michel Serres - in particular his text "The Parasite" - Rene Girard, and Mikhail Bakhtin. However, these theories are not merely "displayed" in the introductory chapter. On the contrary, they constantly reinforce, together with many other theorists, the author's reading of Verga's narrative, reemerging continuously throughout the book.

About Author

Professor Darby Tench received her Ph.D. from Yale University and is a member of the faculty at the University of New Hampshire.

Contents

Foreword Foreword by Tullio Pagano, iii; Preface Pre-Preface by Paolo Valesio, v; Introduction, xxiii; Acknowledgements, xxvii; Chapter I Immediacy, Sincerity and the Art of Persuasion, 1; Lacrymae Rerum: The Eloquence of Things, 16; Ascoltando, Ascoltando: Listening to Write, 21; Autonomy, Immediacy, and Response, 31; Endnotes, 47; Chapter II Modes of Narration in Verga's Early Novels, 55; From Creator Ex Nihilo to Coordinator of the Facts, 56; Mirrors of Narration (I): Eva, 67; Mirrors of Narration (II): Tigre Reale and Eros, 85; Eros: Hall of Almost Mirrors, 98; Endnotes, 114; Chapter III Mediation, Power and Desire: The Role of the Third in I Malavoglia, 121; The Art and Authority of Mediation, 132; The Lame Devil of Aci Trezza, 147; Piedipapera Polifonico: The Mediator and the Narrator-Function, 162; Generating Interest: The Uses and Abuses of zio Crocifisso, 174; Crediting Language: zio Crocifisso and Verbal Usury, 188; Unnatural Supplements: Interest, Incest and the Difference It Makes, 192; Endnotes, 203. Chapter IV Art, Authenticity and the Middle Term, 215; Remainders of Aci Trezza, 216; Alfio on the Outside Looking In, 216; 'Ntoni on the Shores of Modernity, 222; Ambiguity in Extremis: Il Marito Di Elena, 241; Self-Making Unmasked: Mastro-Don Gesualdo, 249; From Yours to Mine and Leave the Third Alone, 268; Endnotes, 279; Conclusion Conclusion, 285; Endnotes, 288; Bibliography, 289; Index, 301.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773461079
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780773461079
  • ISBN10: 0773461078

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