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    “There are more than two options in this world”: The Challenge of Liminality in Kirsty Logan’s The Gracekeepers
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018)
    Ferrari, Roberta
    The paper intends to analyse Kirsty Logan’s much acclaimed debut novel, The Gracekeepers (2015), by focusing attention on its spatial dimension, particularly on the key-concept of liminality (Klapcsik 2011). Logan’s imaginary topography draws inspiration on her home landscapes, the fascinating harsh environments of the Scottish islands and seacoast, while the fantastic side of the story owes much to Celtic myths and folklore; yet, the novel transcends local colour to provide a universal allegory of contemporary times and their harsh conflicts. The story is set in a dystopian flooded world suspended between land and sea, with the former inhabited by an elitist minority, the “landlockers,” while 90% of the population, the so-called “damplings,” struggle for daily survival on boats. The investigation of the spatial dimension, however, reveals that this rigid dichotomous structure is in fact undermined by a number of liminal places where characters from different worlds actually meet and exchange experience. The two female protagonists – Callanish and North, a landlocker and a dampling respectively – are destined to bridge all gaps, and their “liminal” love is intended to mark the beginning of a new approach to reality, based on the acceptance of difference, contamination, and hybridity as the only way to salvation. Thus, the novel ends up challenging both realism and fantasy by engaging in a thorough rethinking of boundaries, of clear-cut distinctions between worlds, genders, and even literary genres.
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    ‘Peopling the World’: from Scheherazade to Rushdie’s Nights
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018)
    Parlati, Marilena
    Since their very beginnings as a magmatic concoction of oral tales of very different origins, what Anglophone Western cultures call The Arabian Nights are remarkably open-ended, vertiginously intertwined, replicating framed narratives which ‘bifurcate’ and answer readers and listeners back with amazing panache. After the fundamental arrival on European soil of the stories in book form due to the very successful enterprise of François Galland, The Nights have undoubtedly been an unrelenting presence in global cultures, so much so that it would be easier to detect writers, artists, cultures who and which do not inscribe them within their textures. While the nineteenth century has seen very innovative and allegedly ‘authentic’ translations, it has also inaugurated a trend towards a series of declared rewritings and reappropriations, often vociferously claimed by widely intended ‘Arabian’, non-European, global authors. Among the very recent re-surfacings of this well of stories that I shall briefly survey, I chose to focus mainly on Salman Rushdie’s Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (2015), a lively repository of histories and stories in which he reads through the Nights and sees post-modernity, global capitalism and terrorism through his usual ironical glittering fairy-tale-like lenses. In his usual irreverent style, Rushdie refashions Scheherazade’s voice and uses the tradition of the Nights to merge updated circulatory materials which range from Ibn Rushd to millennial New York and the world of the jinni. While a continuous presence in Rushdie’s writing, these Nights seem innovative in their ending with a reassuring shift away from programmatic open-endedness, with a collective chorus who brush chaos off page and acknowledge the “extravagant” circulation of stories set in a securely distant past, but also distance them away from the seductive power of a tricky woman narrator or ‘heroine’.
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    Elias Canettis Idee der Sprache und der Literatur. Überlegungen in Die Blendung und Die Stimmen von Marrakesch
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018)
    Ferron, Isabella
    The present papers aims to investigate Canetti’s ideas of Language and Literature in his novel Die Blendung. It is a comparative analysis with his travelogue Die Stimmen von Marrakesch that tries to highlight the role Language plays in Canetti’s work. In Wien of the early 20th Century the young Canetti was fascinated by Karl Kraus, he experienced the debates about the determination of Language (Mauthner, Wittgenstein). Language has a fundamental role in Canetti’s life and work, not only from a biographical point of view: he considers Language as a mysterious force that allows people to know the world. Language is for him not only a medium to communicate, but also a reflection of the world. Language represents a timeless activity that allows the development of subjectivity and individuality.
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    Évolution éditoriale et réception décalée en Algérie. Le cas de la production algérienne de langue française récente
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018)
    Miliani, Hadj
    Cet article tente de tracer à nouveaux frais quelques faits marquants de l’évolution du champ littéraire de langue française en Algérie durant la dernière décennie. En dehors de la bipolarisation relative entre la France et l’Algérie au travers certaines oeuvres et quelques écrivains, le secteur paraît assez dynamique quoique dominé par des polémiques et des controverses exacerbées. La présence plus fréquente dans l’espace éditorial d’écrivains ‘tardifs’, la multiplication des réseaux de publication hors les éditions traditionnelles (auto-édition, publications numériques, etc.) et les phénomènes de médiatisation offrent de ce fait un paysage hétérogène d’où semble néanmoins émerger assez fortement une sorte de « littérature moyenne » qui s’impose autant auprès des critiques que des lecteurs algériens et étrangers. Serait-ce une nouvelle composante morphologique ou seulement les signes d’une situation transitionnelle dont il faudrait attendre la décantation pour voir se profiler un ensemble institutionnel stable et une production littéraire renouvelée ou marquée par un continuum?
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    Rendez-vous avec l’histoire: Raphaël Élizé dans le roman de Gaston-Paul Effa
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018)
    Sperti, Valeria
    The article analyses the intertwinement between documentation and creative intuition in Gaston-Paul Effa’s novel Rendez-vous avec l’heure qui blesse (2015). The work is centred on a character emblematic of colonisation, the veterinary Raphaël Élizé, a descendant of slaves and first black mayor of a rural French community, a victim of Nazism, who becomes a hero of the French republic. The analysis highlights the characteristics of a ‘mirror’ narration, where the protagonist’s biographical events reflect milestones in the History of humanity. The narration brings into play both black and Jewish memory, slavery, colonialism, and holocaust in the background of power relationships amongst men, which are compared to those between men and animals.
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