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Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco’s Death is a Great Loss for the Literary World

Umberto Eco: A Giant of Italian Literature Today, February 19th 2016, at the age of 84, Umberto Eco has passed away. Umberto Eco was a Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He became famous around the world in 1980 for his groundbreaking novel "The Name of The Rose" which was...
Dante Alighieri

Italian Literature: The beginning

Before the 13th century the literary language of Italy was Latin, which served for the writing of chronicles, historical poems, heroic legends, lives of the saints, religious poems, and didactic and scientific works. In addition to those who wrote in Latin, a number of the early Italian poets wrote...
dario_fo

Italian Literature: The late 20th century

Other notable postwar novelists are Dino Buzzati, Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg, Primo Levi, and Italo Calvino. Buzzati's allegorical writings, which owe a debt to Austrian writer Franz Kafka, include the novel Il deserto dei Tartari (1940; The Tartar Steppe, 1952), his most highly regarded work, and the play Un...
Decameron

Italian Literature: The early Renaissance

The Renaissance in Italy was a period of expanding economic, political, and cultural activity. The towns and cities emerged from feudal conditions to become centers of commerce and industry. City leaders struggled constantly to increase their power by conquest and by establishing spheres of influence. Some city-states, such as...
pirandello

Italian Literature: Italian authors in the 20th century

The founder of futurism, the poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, used language stripped to essentials. Insisting that 20th-century literature should express the characteristic dynamism of industry, he advocated a type of writing that would emulate the speed and tension of machines. He also became a leading proponent of Italian intervention...
pinocchio by collodi

Italian Literature: Verism and the 20th Century

A reaction against classicism and romanticism as unrealistic marked the second half of the 19th century. It was a revolt against a literature obsessed by the past and its own past achievements, and with its roots in books rather than in life. Shunning conscious lyricism and rhetoric, leaders of...
A play by Carlo Goldoni

Italian Literature: The Foreign Influence

Italy, beginning in the late 15th century, was exhausted by constant wars as rival Spanish, French, and Austrian rulers made the country their battleground. At the same time, world trade was shifting from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, causing an economic decline in Italy. The once free-spirited,...

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