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Title: Appunti sui primi studi americanistici in Italia: Gustavo Strafforello e il suo Manuale di letteratura americana (1884)
Authors: De Biasio, Anna
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: This essay reconstructs both the ideological assumptions and the approach towards distinctive American literary character underlying the first Italian 'handbook'of American literature, with the help of other writings from the author's activity as a journalist and cultural promoter. In a period during which literary and civil concerns frequantly merged, Strafforello's interest in the U.S. cultural scene appears to originate in America's prestigious role as a poltical model. The most advanced outcome of 19th century American literature, however, cannot be accepted without resevations. Strafforello's altered translation of Emerson's Nature reveals the limits of a moderate, pedagogic reformism widespread in Italian narrative and criticism during the second half of the 19th century.
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