Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Loss and the Other in the Visionary Work of Anna Maria Ortese$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Vilma De Gasperin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673810.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 September 2021

Animal Allegories

Animal Allegories

Chapter:
(p.212) 5 Animal Allegories
Source:
Loss and the Other in the Visionary Work of Anna Maria Ortese
Author(s):

Vilma De Gasperin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673810.003.0006

This chapter explores texts where an emblematic beast figura suffers violence, oppression, abandonment, exploitation on the part of the stronger, where the narratives stage an allegory of man’s relationship with the defenceless and harmless Other, through a rich web of literary (Milton, Keats, Blake, Shakespeare, Conrad, Melville, Stevenson), biblical (Genesis, Apocalypse, Gospels), and iconographic references. It begins by examining a passage from ‘Piccolo drago (conversazione)’ (1984), which can be viewed as providing an archetype for Ortese’s ethical stance concerning the supremacy and cruelty of man, which is more broadly explored in the sections on Ortese’s major animal novels. The sections on L’Iguana (1965) and Alonso e i visionari (1996) each begin by investigating the intricate issues of genres, then explore the complexities inherent in the fantastical and yet powerfully engagé representation of man’s encounter and dealing with the Other, the Other’s suffering, and man’s journey through awareness and ultimately expiation.

Keywords:   L’Iguana, Alonso e i visionari, allegory, Shakespeare, Conrad, Melville, Bible, Milton, Keats, expiation

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .