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Title: The regional novel in Italy and Great Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries : a comparative study of selected works by Giovanni Verga, Grazia Deledda, Thomas Hardy, and David Herbert Lawrence
Author: Lilliu, Annalisa
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis focuses on the works of four authors: the Italian writers Grazia Deledda and Giovanni Verga; and the English authors Thomas Hardy and David Herbert Lawrence. My hypothesis is that, in spite of chronological differences in the literary developments in these two countries, it is nevertheless possible to identify common trends and conventions between the Italian and British regional novels, and thus to confirm the existence of the sub-genre. The novels selected are: Verga’s I Malavoglia (1881), and Mastro-don Gesualdo (1889); Deledda’s Elias Portolu (1903) and Canne al vento (1913); Hardy’s The Return of the Native (1878) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886); Lawrence’s The White Peacock (1911) and Sons and Lovers (1913). The first chapter presents a brief introduction to genre theory. The four following chapters provide a comparative analysis of the selected novels, which also includes a discussion of the preservation of, or the deviation from, the generic conventions of the regional novel, and any possible interference from other novelistic sub-genres. The analysis focuses on the following themes: the historical, social, and economic background of the novels; the geographical setting of the novel and the author’s relation to it; the representation of local culture in terms of folklore, customs, and ethnicity; the characters, their role within the local community, and their relation to the setting; the language and style of the novels, in particular the employment of dialectal items and proverbs. The chapter on D. H. Lawrence also includes a paragraph on Lawrence as critic of Hardy, Deledda and Verga.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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