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Debenedetti, Proust e Montale : la polifonia inaudita di Riviera, amici

Abstract : In Riviera, amici, written a few months after his seminal essay Proust 1925, the young critics-writer Debenedetti, though without stating it openly, puts into action the generative laws of À larecherche du temps perdu (intermittencies of the heart, motivation of proper nouns, artistic transfiguration of the landscape, metapoetic meditation...) by skilfully inserting these laws in the Italian linguistic-literary heritage. The narrator, a distressed writer, meditates on literary inspiration and the ineffable, following the Proustian model. In the rich dialogic texture of this story, he also integrates the poetic language of Ossi di seppia, thus offering an explicit tribute to Montale and proceeding with enthusi-astic “spiritual coexistence”. During his story telling, he is more and more a literary critics in action, theorising and exemplifying a Modern polyphonic poetics based on the underlying model of À larecherche du temps perdu, as well as, openly, the Ossi di seppia model. However, Montale, by denying their supposed “spiritual coexistence”, will not try to understand the value of such a complex narra-tive phantasmagoria. And he won’t be the only one: the innovative poetics of Riviera, amici, will, for decades, remain unheard, in the strictest sense of the term.
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Viviana Agostini-Ouafi. Debenedetti, Proust e Montale : la polifonia inaudita di Riviera, amici. Ermeneutica Letteraria, Fabrizio Serra editore, 2017, Humanistica, XIII, pp.73-83. ⟨10.19272/201708001007⟩. ⟨hal-02147122⟩

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