Changing Styles, Affective Continuities and Psychic Containers: Corrado Govoni's Early Poetry

Capello, Francesco, Civitarese, Giuseppe (2010) Changing Styles, Affective Continuities and Psychic Containers: Corrado Govoni's Early Poetry. Journal of Romance Studies, 10 (3). pp. 55-74. ISSN 1473-3536. E-ISSN 1752-2331. (doi:10.3167/jrs.2010.100305) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article focuses on the relationship between the representation of femininity and aggressiveness (both stylistic and thematic) in Corrado Govoni's early twentieth-century works, from the erotic-symbolist sonnets of Le fiale (1903) [The Phials] to the Futurist-nationalist fury of L'inaugurazione della primavera (1915) [The Inauguration of Spring]. Drawing on a number of post-Kleinian psychoanalytical notions, it analyses recurrent discourse practices and narrative/rhetorical strategies in the representations of gender, sex and violence, highlighting their 'affective grammar'. The first section introduces the methodological framework, and then moves on to a contextualized overview of Govoni's early poetry. The second part undertakes a close reading of a particularly relevant sample of his work, the section from Le fiale entitled 'Vas luxuriae'. Both sections aim to show that the shift from the literary and cultural tropes of decadence to those of avant-garde nationalism is informed affectively by what, adopting Wilfred Bion's language, is termed a failure of psychic containment.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3167/jrs.2010.100305
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 14:32 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42418 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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