Poetry as Desire‐Space

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

Poetry as Desire‐Space

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Focusing on the later poetry, this chapter analyses further the topography of Sereni’s lyric subject, looking back to the model of the desiring self in Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, which Sereni reworks as a facet of his own desiring landscape. The point of interchange between the two authors emerges in the identity of the ‘phantasm’: a recollected space in the imagination and memory understood as a dynamic mise en scène of desire that implicates the subject as much as his object. Deixis again maps the vicissitudes of the ‘I’ in this space and Sereni’s more limited success with respect to Petrarch. Close-readings of poems by both poets confirm the powerful force exerted by the memory of Petrarch’s lyric universe as a ‘luogo ideale’ [ideal place], from which Sereni is progressively estranged and his inability to create the same conditions of desire that existed for the earlier author.

Keywords: Sereni; Petrarch; Char; deixis; desire; landscape; subjectivity; lyric; phantasm

Chapter.  24892 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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