A Double Dose of Death in Ignio Ugo Tarchetti's 'I fatali'

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Italian Studies


Italy's version of the Gothic novel and short story, known as the romanzo and racconto nero, have remained on the periphery of Italian fiction since the time of the fantastic's late arrival on the peninsula after the Unification of 1861, when the country was still struggling with modernisation and national identity (or the lack thereof), and when writers -- tired of the historical novel, and the veneration of Alessandro Manzoni's I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed) (1842) -- were lamenting the absence of a powerful contemporary, national literature. (excerpt)


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