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Backward glances : exploring Italy, reinterpreting America (1831-1866)

Author: Leonardo Buonomo
Publisher: Madison, NJ : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©1996.
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This study shows how, in the nineteenth century, Americans often described and narrated Italy as a way of reflecting on their own country and national identity in genres as various as travel literature, fiction, poetry, and journalism. Indeed, maintains author Leonardo Buonomo, Italy helped the Americans to relativize, if not redefine, the very idea of Americanness. The texts discussed here are James Fenimore  Read more...
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Buonomo, Leonardo.
Backward glances.
Madison, NJ : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©1996
(OCoLC)604858247
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonardo Buonomo
ISBN: 0838636497 9780838636497
OCLC Number: 32167086
Description: 115 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Italy as the "land of opportunities" : Margaret Fuller's travel letters for The New York tribune (1847-49) and Julia Ward Howe's Passion flowers (1854) --
Confronting the mystery : Nathaniel Hawthorne's The marble faun (1860) --
Different views of a city : James Fenimore Cooper's The bravo (1831) and William Dean Howells's Venetian life (1866) --
Forgotten voices : Henry T. Tuckerman's The Italian sketch book (1835) and Henry P. Leland's Americans in Rome (1863) --
Afterword : another Italy.
Responsibility: Leonardo Buonomo.

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The purpose of Backward Glances is to show how in the nineteenth century the description and narrative use of Italy in different genres often became the means to reconsider the contemporary state of  Read more...

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