Stefano Giannini: 0000-0001-6589-0997
Piero Chiara, Luigi Pirandello, memory, oblivion, double in literature, identity, intertextuality
Communication | East Asian Languages and Societies | English Language and Literature | European Languages and Societies | French and Francophone Language and Literature | German Language and Literature | Italian Language and Literature | Latin American Languages and Societies | Linguistics | Sign Languages | Slavic Languages and Societies | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature
Piero Chiara (Luino 1913- Varese 1986) wrote many novels and short stories that immediately met great public success. Critics devoted mixed attention to him but his works deserve a new critical assessment to analyze the rich and sophisticated web of cultural and literary references that permeate them. Through readings of Il piatto piange, “L’uovo al cianuro” and other novels and short stories, this paper analyses the complex textual relations Chiara entertains with Pirandello’s Il fu Mattia Pascal. Chiara investigates the themes of identity and the double. His narrative depicts an apparently lighthearted reality that in fact reveals despair. Chiara decides to direct the energy radiating from his world to a narrative that aims at consolation.
Giannini, Stefano. "Piero Chiara e la tradizione." MLN, vol. 119 no. 1, 2004, p. 174-192. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/mln.2004.0064.
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