Drawing on the recent renewal of interest in the debate on orality and literacy this book investigates the varying perceptions and representations of orality in contemporary Italian fiction, providing a fresh perspective on this rich and fast-developing debate and on the study of the Italian literary language. The book brings together a number of complementary approaches to orality from the fields of linguistics, literary and media studies and offers a detailed analysis of a broad variety of authors and texts that appeared over the last three decades – ranging from internationally acclaimed writers such as Celati, Duranti and Tabucchi, through De Luca and Baricco, to the latest generation of writers, such as Campo, Ballestra and Nove. By exploring the complementary facets of Italian orality, and its diachronical developments since the seventies, this study questions the traditionally dichotomic approach to the study of orality and literacy and posits a more flexible, cross-modal approach that accounts for the increasing hybridisation of text forms and media and for the greater interaction between the spoken and the written as well as their representations.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2004. 360 pp.
Contents: The Facets of Orality – Gianni Celati’s Cinema Naturale: Ascoltare/Parlare il Visibile – The Language
of Geometry: Spoken and Dialogic Style in the Fiction of Francesca Duranti – Antonio Tabucchi’s Dialoghi Mancati –
La Voce Scritta: Storytelling and Silence in the Fiction of Erri De Luca – Baricco’s Tales: the Visual Music of the
Voice – The ‘Young’ Orality of the Nineties: Campo, Ballestra, and Nove – ‘New’ Media Orality: a Case Study – Conclusions:
Re-Visions of Orality.