Angels and Monsters in the House. Essays on Womanhood in 19th Century America


The three essays that comprise this volume explore literary representations of the ‘True Womanhood’ ideology, a narrative through which nineteenth-century women could invest their existence and their role in the world with meaning and purpose. In Victorian America, middle-toupper- middle-class women were not admitted to centers of public power. Being relegated to the private sphere, i.e., the domestic milieu, they had only one socially respectable function – that of a wife and mother – while the masculine sphere of action was the public one, the realm of business and politics.... Read more →

Linguistic and Discursive Aspects of Translation Criticism. The Italian Translations of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Sharer


This study is held by the overarching idea that a precise metalanguage should be required when we intend to critically talk about translations as texts. Due to the lack of communication between the translation industry and academic research, on the one hand the notions heralded by Translation Studies are regarded as “parochial,” “too technical” and “academic” by professionals (a category that includes editors, proof-readers, translation agencies and all the other figures working in the translation industry) who oftentimes prefer relying exclusively on their own experience, on the other hand scholars... Read more →

Word and Image. In Literature and the Visual Arts


Ever since antiquity poetry and painting have competed for cultural primacy, and intellectuals from Simonides of Ceos to W. J. T. Mitchell have incessantly renewed the debate over the peculiarities of the two arts and their distinctive features and functions. On the other hand, in the practices of verbal and visual representation the two media, words and images, have always tended to support and supplement each other in a variety of ways, from ekphrasis to its counterpart, illustration. The present collection of essays investigates a variety of forms and aspects... Read more →

Other worlds and the narrative construction of otherness


The papers collected in this volume deal with the explorations of Science Fiction, Fantasy and, more generally, the representation of otherness through the narrative construction of fantastic, imaginary, appalling or attractive places, stories and figures. Contributions are arranged in four main sections. The first section (Other spaces, new worlds) deals with Hindi and Arabic Science Fiction. The second section (Constructing forms of otherness) analyses the narrative and psychological mechanisms that give forms to a stereotype or archetypical image of the threatening Other. The third section ((Re)shaping style(s), language(s) and discourse(s)... Read more →

Fictional Artworks. Literary Ékphrasis and the Invention of Images


The volume is devoted to images in painting, photography and cinema invented by literature. At the same time it intends to question, through this perspective, the relationship between text and image, between verbal and visual in modern and contemporary literature. The authors investigate the mutual boundaries between literature and arts from the point of view of aesthetics, visual culture and literary theory, trying to build a map of the notional ékphrasis, a description which constitutes the work of art while telling it. Valeria Cammarata is assistant professor of Comparative Literature,... Read more →

Plots and Plotters. Double Agents and Villains in Spy Fictions


The aim of this collection of essays is to explore “negative characters” in the espionage narratives of some of the most esteemed English writers, such as Conrad, Maugham, Ambler, Greene, Fleming, McEwan among others. The role of women is analysed, in particular with the figure of Mata Hari, so as to provide a gender perspective on women as villains and/or double agents. The relationship between literature and film studies is also considered in a comparative approach. Carmen Concilio is Associate Professor of English and postcolonial literature at the University of Turin.... Read more →

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