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Bartoloni, P.
Presentation of Italo Svevo's novel La Coscienza di Zeno
University College Dublin
Invited Lecture
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<!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page WordSection1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> Italo Svevo, the pen name of the industrialist Ettore Schmitz, wrote extensively during his lifetime, including three novels, A Life (1892), As a Man Grows Older (1898), and Zeno’s Conscience (1923). It was only in 1925 that the silence and anonymity that enveloped his works were lifted thanks to the intercession of his friend and former English teacher, James Joyce. Zeno’s Conscience is about temporal fragmentation, psychoanalysis, fetishism, metanarrative, autobiography, and the split personality of the author/narrator Svevo/Zeno and his condition of identity in-between literature and business, Italy and Austria, German and Italian, health and illness. Zeno is devious, clever, manipulating, sweet and cruel: in a word the classic modern anti-hero. And yet it is precisely his modern condition that makes Zeno so compelling, heroic and relevant today.
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