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Title: Intertext and postmodern space in the work of Pier Vittorio Tondelli
Author: Massaccesi, Cristina
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 2762
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis deals with the work of Pier Vittorio Tondelli (1955-91) and concerns the way in which the greater permeability of cultural borders and speed of information exchanges affects the production of contemporary fiction and makes national literatures open to permeation by other cultures. Tondelli provides in this respect an interesting case study since his works display a particular bent for hybridization, both of language and content. This thesis examines his literary and non-literary production, paying particular attention to intertextual and intercultural relations and to questions of cultural and virtual space. In contrast to the existing critical tradition on Tondelli it devotes equal attention to style and content. Fifteen years after Tondelli's death it is time for a different approach to his work in particular it is important to read it through an intertextual perspective. Through a close textual analysis of his works, regarded as a complex patchwork of references (including film and music as well as literature), I intend to determine a typology of the different relations he established with his models in different texts and at different stages of his career. The contextualization of these relations and the analysis of certain recurrent narrative themes, such as separation and the journey, offers a new perspective on Tondelli's works. The thesis is divided into four chapters. The first introduces two theories postmodernism and intertextuality that are central in the analysis of Tondelli's fiction. It also presents the literary production of Alberto Arbasino as a major influence on his works. The other three chapters focus on Tondelli's principal works of fiction.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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