Italian Romanticism The Language Of Romanticism - Essay

The Language Of Romanticism

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Sante Matteo

SOURCE: "The Centripetal Romantic: Symphonious Discourse in Polyphonous Italy," in The Reasonable Romantic: Essays on Alessandro Manzoni, edited by Sante Matteo and Larry H. Peer, Peter Lang, 1986, pp. 33-45

[In the following essay, Matteo describes the fragmented condition of the Italian language at the time that Manzoni wrote his novel I promessi sposi, calling the work "the first truly Italian discourse" and "the foundation on which modern Italian literature and language have been built.]

American students of Italian literature are often perplexed when they fail to find passages from Dante's Divine Comedy or from...

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