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D. H. Lawrence’s Italian Travel Literature and Translations of Giovanni Verga

A Bakhtinian Reading

Antonio Traficante

While travel literature, particularly the Italian travel literature of D. H. Lawrence – Twilight in Italy (1916), Sea and Sardinia (1921), and Etruscan Places (1927; 1932) – has received a great deal of attention in recent years, nobody has examined this work from a Bakhtinian viewpoint. This approach allows us a unique perspective as well as a new appreciation of both Lawrence and Mikhail Bakhtin. This is also true with respect to translation studies where the reader will find Lawrence’s work on Giovanni Verga presented in a new and suggestive fashion. In short, this book provides new insights into D. H. Lawrence’s relationship to the Italian Other (as well as charts the permutations within himself). This book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of two of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century, D. H. Lawrence and Mikhail Bakhtin.