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Title: Shadows on the edge : Eugenio Montale's afterlife
Author: Bardazzi, Adele
ISNI:       0000 0004 6501 0701
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis forms a monograph on the poetry of Eugenio Montale (Genoa, 1896 - Milan, 1981) which considers his principal collections: Ossi di seppia (1925), Le occasioni (1939), La bufera e altro (1956), Satura (1971), Diario del '71 e del '72 (1973), and Quaderno di quattro anni (1977). It focuses on the notion of 'ombra' as the key element through which a greater degree of insight into Montale's eschatological vision can be achieved. Montale's 'shadow' emerges as a paradoxical presence-in-absence, and as a constitutive element of his poetry, in so far as it conceives of the existence of a continuity between life and death. From as early as Ossi di seppia, the status of 'ombra' is two-fold. First of all, 'ombra' is the shadow with which the poetic subject identifies, and it represents the only possibility of attaining a desired existential and poetic self-effacement. Secondly, but no less importantly, 'ombra' is the shadow of the absent loved one, who is reduced to incorporeality, and from whom the poetic subject seeks not to be cruelly separated. By considering the relationship between poetry and mourning from the Derridean perspective of 'demi-deuil', I contribute an original viewpoint to the study of Montale's 'care ombre' ('Proda di Versilia', La bufera e altro, 33, pp. 253-254), whereby subjects of mourning are no longer considered as negatively dominated by the Other's death. They are, indeed, devoted to preserving the affect relationship with the dead, as opposed to the Freudian notion of 'moving on' after loss. The passage from one individual 'ombra' in Ossi di seppia to the plurality of the 'care ombre' in all of the following collections is shown here to delineate the exceptional continuity that marks Montale's œuvre from the very beginning of his poetic journey. This thesis chooses to dialogue with existent scholarship by shifting the focus onto the textual aspect, making it the centre of analysis. This allows the shedding of further light onto specific poetic strategies of the Montalean exploration of the boundaries between life and death, and onto his very individual eschatology.
Supervisor: Tandello, Emanuela Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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