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Seicento contemporaneo: Sul fondo oscuro del romanzo storico italiano

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Original languageItalian
Number of pages16
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015


While the historical novel is a product of European Romanticism, the first Italian historical novel expresses the critical awareness of its origin against the dark background of the Seicento. For the historical and political imagination of the Italian Romanticism, the Seicento represents the Middle Age of modernity, namely the obscurity of the contemporary. From the dark background of the Seicento the Italian historical novel draws stories that reflect on the obscurity of its own time. In particular, my essay examines a selection of contemporary texts that show the continued and critical presence of the Seicento in the Italian historical novel.

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  • Seicento, Baroque, obscurity, Italian historical novel

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