By Katia Pizzi
Poised among the Mediterranean and the Mitteleuropa, crossroads of civilizations and seat of brilliant cultural and literary lifestyles, Trieste is now said as having fun with unrivalled cultural prestige among Italian towns. This quantity, the 1st accomplished examine of Triestine literature in English, initially reassesses Trieste+?s literary identification, paying specific awareness to the interval among 1918 and 1954 whilst neighborhood writing turned intensely conscious of its neighborhood specificity and a few of its principal motifs got here prominently to the fore. Trieste+?s singular border identification, reflected in a variegated literary output, emerges the following as encumbered with complexities and ambiguities, corresponding to the debatable proposal of triestinita, the ambiguous relation with nationalism, particularly in its Fascist inflection, and the anxieties generated by way of repeated re-definitions of the area+?s historic borders.
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Some resonance in the post-Second World War era is also recorded here. Triestine literature appears to be consistently engaged in a re-creation of its tradition, of its history. Trieste's epic nostalgia and insularity raise questions of cultural delay. Haifa century on, Trieste's linguistic difficulties and newly acquired national status drew local writers to look at pre-unification Italy as its model. Hence the still fresh example of the classics of the Italian language, old and new, such as Dante and Carducci and the interest in Romantic authors originating from Trieste's cult of the Risorgimento.
92: 'Non so dawero come si faccia a non accorgersi prima facie che la "civilta" triestina [... ] differisce dalla civilta vociana forse altrettanto che da quella azteca. ' On the Triestine idealization of Italian culture see also Chapter 3. 24. S. Slataper, 'L'awenire nazionale e politico di Trieste', in Scritti politici, p. 93. 25. Slataper's culture depends on Mazzini, Garibaldi, Cavour, and, from a literary viewpoint, Carducci. See Anco Marzio Mutterle, Scipio Slataper (Milan: Mursia, 1965), p.
These features, not unknown in small communities, were however emphasized by the compressed local cultural environment in Trieste. Scholars are confused here by a hall of mirrors of personalities and works reflecting one another's image. n The two levels intertwine and bring together historiography and history of literary culture with psychoanalysis and literary analysis of symbols. A local cultural specificity, or triestinita, emerges as an 'invented tradition' perpetuated by a nostalgic attention to its own past and identity.
A City in Search of an Author : The Literary Identity of Trieste by Katia Pizzi