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Migrazioni letterarie nel Settecento italiano: dal movimento alla stabilità

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Edited By Sara Garau

Il volume raccoglie i contributi dell’omonima sezione del 35. Romanistentag. Attraverso una serie di casi esemplari, affiancati da indagini di carattere tipologico, intende contribuire a circoscrivere quella modalità, così diffusa nel Settecento italiano, di migrazioni artistiche e letterarie, che non rientrano propriamente nell’esperienza odeporica, ma nemmeno sono già determinate da fattori politici. Il libro si articola seguendo gli spostamenti in senso geografico; include insieme uno sguardo intermediale, verso le arti figurative. Si mette in luce così non solo la varietà delle motivazioni e dei canali di trasferimento, ma anche i modi d’inserimento nell’alterità culturale e di rielaborazione letteraria dell’esperienza migratoria.

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I viaggi mancati. Movimento e stasi nella corrispondenza di Pietro Metastasio (Paola Cosentino)

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Paola Cosentino

I viaggi mancati. Movimento e stasi nella corrispondenza di Pietro Metastasio

Abstract: Pietro Metastasio was installed at the Vienna court in 1730 at the invitation of Emperor Charles VI and would remain there until his death. Over the years, he allowed himself only a few short stays in nearby locations such as the castles of the Countess d’Althann. He never returned to Italy despite many invitations from his Italian friends who often visited him. My contribution, therefore, intends to investigate the very rich epistolary of the Roman librettist in this perspective, linked to the desire, repeatedly expressed, to move from Vienna and, at the same time, to the need to welcome his numerous correspondents to the court. These individuals ranged from his brother Leopoldo to Marianna Bulgarelli or from fellow writers to entrepreneurs, singers, and musicians with whom Metastasio had a constant dialogue. To better understand these letters as both a private repertoire of ‘confessions’ and a manifestation of those doubts, the torments and melancholies that appear in his characters, this paper will focus on the pages specifically dedicated to the difficulties of real journeys (few, in reality) and the yearning for imaginary ones. It will thus follow the intellectual itinerary of a poet who, although living in a foreign country, did not even feel the need to learn the German language. In the background, the memory persists of the Italian cities to which he had also remained attached, such as Rome or Naples...

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