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A Self-Reflexive Verista

Metareference and Autofiction in Luigi Capuana’s Narrative

Brian Zuccala    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa    



With a Preface by Edwige Comoy Fusaro, this volume is one of few monographs on Italian post-Risorgimento author Luigi Capuana, and the first one written in English in more than forty years. Narratology and critical theory are combined with more ‘traditional’, historical-philological criticism to offer a radical rereading of the author’s narrative. Central to this study is the seemingly counter-intuitive notion of artistic self-reflexivity, which represents an innovative take on an author like Capuana, who has long been ‘canonised’ as a verista.

Keywords: Luigi Capuana. Post-Unification Italy. Fin de siècle. Rereading the canon. Gender and narrative.

Submitted: Sept. 27, 2019   Accepted: Oct. 30, 2019   Published: June 26, 2020  

Language: en

ISBN (print): 978-88-6969-399-1    ISBN (ebook): 978-88-6969-398-4

permalink http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-398-4

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