Replotting the Textual Landscape

Francesca Southerden

in Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698455
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738258 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

Replotting the Textual Landscape

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The chapter begins with a definition of deixis and its poetic uses, which are then developed with regard to Sereni through a comparative reading of poems from his first and third collections, Frontiera [Frontier] and Gli strumenti umani [The Human Implements]. As Sereni’s dialogue with Giacomo Leopardi reveals, he recognizes the value of deixis as a poetic trope that ideally enables the poet to conjure presence out of absence and anchor the subject at the centre of its universe. However increasingly unable to achieve those ends himself, Sereni’s recurrent use of deictic reference—in the form of spatio-temporal coordinates, demonstratives, and personal pronouns—attests instead to his diminishing hold over the textual landscape, his growing struggle to appropriate it, and the dispossession of self and space that ensues.

Keywords: Sereni; Leopardi; deixis; landscape; Frontiera—Gli strumenti umani; absence; loss

Chapter.  17898 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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