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Irresistible Signs The Genius of Language and Italian National Identity

by Paula Gambarota

Part of the Toronto Italian Studies Series

Irresistible Signs The Genius of Language and Italian National Identity Synopsis

Language is now understood as a key component of cultural identity, but discourses on linguistic nationalism are only a few centuries old. In Irresistible Signs, Paola Gambarota investigates the connection between Italian language and national identity over four hundred years, from late-Renaissance linguistic theories to nineteenth-century nationalist myths. Challenging the consensus that linguistic nationalism originated with nineteenth century German philosophers, Irresistible Signs advances a more nuanced theory of how culture and language become inextricably linked through literary and rhetorical elements. Gambarota combines Anglo-American theories of the nation with the most advanced Italian scholarship on language ideology and delves into ideas from Giambattista Vico, Giacomo Leopardi, and Melchiorre Cesarotti. Irresistible Signs also explores how images of national communities are represented within vernaculars, affirming their influence in shaping contemporary models of monolingual nationhood.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781442642980
Publication date: 5th February 2011
Author: Paula Gambarota
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general,

About Paula Gambarota

Paola Gambarota is an assistant professor in the Department of Italian at Rutgers University.

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