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Amore, famiglia e nazione in Foscolo

Abstract : Inspired by recent studies of Alberto Mario Banti and other Italian cultural historians, this essay explores the emergence of a new vision of love, of marriage, and of the relationship between romantic love, patriotism, and virtue in the writings of Ugo Foscolo, and more specifically in his novel Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis. The essay first considers the rise of this new vision in Rousseau and in Alfieri, whose theater, in contrast with most current critical opinion, deals with married love and family no less than with freedom and tyranny. The discussion then turns to the contrast between happy and unhappy families, those which are united and those which are divided, in Foscolo’s early novel; it is here argued that the private life of the hero, his delusions and sorrows in love, mirror the fate of the Italian nation. Foscolo’s novel founded the Risorgimento’s ethos and pathos for more than one generation of patriots. But at the same time it moves beyond a purely ideological and militant conception of literature to warn strongly against nationalism and violence.
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Enzo Neppi. Amore, famiglia e nazione in Foscolo. Cadmo, Giornale Italiano di Pedagogia Sperimentale, Franco Angeli, 2012, Foscolo e la ricerca di un'identità nazionale, XXIV (1-2), pp.7-26. ⟨hal-01141261⟩



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