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American Journal of Italian Studies back issues
Cardano's Cosmos: The Worlds and Works of a Renaissance Astrologer.
September 22, 2000... Anthony Grafton. Cardano's Cosmos: The Worlds and Works of a Renaissance Astrologer. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999, xii + 284. The explicit task of this biography is to "examine Cardano's own lifelong efforts to use the stars to find the order in the apparent chaos of his...
The Language of Italian TV Sales
September 22, 2000... The diffusion of private TV networks in Italy during the past decades has seen an increasing use of TV sales. Here we shall consider the specific language variety of these programmes, to illustrate the popularization of various technical discourses related to different fields, such as:...
Don Fabrizio's Walk in the Garden: Why Do I Smell Something Dead?
September 22, 2000... From its first page to its last, death plays a major part in Tomasi Di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo. There is no more striking image of death than that of the dead soldier under the lemon tree in Don Fabrizio's garden, an image we are introduced to in the earliest pages of the book. Lying under...
Boredom as a Positive Reality in la Noia
September 22, 2000... A common reaction to La noia is that Moravia has succeeded all too well: that is, his study of boredom is itself boring. His protagonist, himself a boring character, not only fails to establish a relationship to the external world; worse, his failures are merely replicated to an absurd,...
Gozzano, la Signorina Felicita E la "Perplessita Crepuscolare"
September 22, 2000... La formazione e i'opera di Guido Gozzano vanno inquadrate in un contesto di crisi storica ed esistenziale: i primi anni del ventesimo secolo vedono infatti il compiersi di una rivoluzione scientifica e antropologica tale, quale nessuna epoca precedente aveva sperimentato. La teoria...