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My Two Italies (Paperback): Joseph Luzzi My Two Italies (Paperback)
Joseph Luzzi
R304 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R20 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, Joseph Luzzi straddles these two perspectives in My Two Italies to link his family's dramatic story to Italy's north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family. From his Calabrian father's time as a military internee in Nazi Germany - where he had a love affair with a local Bavarian woman - to his adventures amid the Renaissance splendour of Florence, Luzzi creates a deeply personal portrait of Italy that leaps past facile cliches about Mafia madness and Tuscan sun therapy. He delves instead into why Italian Americans have such a complicated relationship with the "old country," and how Italy produces some of the world's most astonishing art while suffering from corruption, political fragmentation, and an enfeebled civil society. With topics ranging from the pervasive force of Dante's poetry to the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi, Luzzi presents the Italians in all their glory and squalor, relating the problems that plague Italy today to the country's ancient roots. He shares how his "two Italies" - the earthy southern Italian world of his immigrant childhood and the refined northern Italian realm of his professional life - join and clash in unexpected ways that continue to enchant the many millions who are either connected to Italy by ancestry or bound to it by love.

In a Dark Wood - A Memoir of Grief, Healing and the Mysteries of Love (Paperback): Joseph Luzzi In a Dark Wood - A Memoir of Grief, Healing and the Mysteries of Love (Paperback)
Joseph Luzzi 1
R263 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R71 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A story of love and grief. `I became a widower and a father on the same day' says Joseph Luzzi. His book tells how Dante's `The Divine Comedy' helped him to endure his grief, raise their infant daughter, and rediscover love. On a cold November morning, Joseph Luzzi, a Dante professor, found himself racing to hospital - his wife, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, had been in a horrible car accident. In one terrible instant, Luzzi became both a widower and a first-time father. Adrift and grieving, Luzzi found himself sharing Dante's dark wood with an intimacy that years of reading had never shown him: the words became a wise companion through the Inferno of his grief, his healing, and ultimately his rediscovered love.

A Cinema of Poetry - Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Paperback): Joseph Luzzi A Cinema of Poetry - Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Paperback)
Joseph Luzzi
R570 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R59 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Cinema of Poetry brings Italian film studies into dialogue with fields outside its usual purview by showing how films can contribute to our understanding of aesthetic questions that stretch back to Homer. Joseph Luzzi considers the relation between film and literature, especially the cinematic adaptation of literary sources and, more generally, the fields of rhetoric, media studies, and modern Italian culture. The book balances theoretical inquiry with close readings of films by the masters of Italian cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and others. Luzzi's study is the first to show how Italian filmmakers address such crucial aesthetic issues as the nature of the chorus, the relation between symbol and allegory, the literary prehistory of montage, and the place of poetry in cinematic expression-what Pasolini called the "cinema of poetry." While Luzzi establishes how certain qualities of film-its link with technological processes, capacity for mass distribution, synthetic virtues (and vices) as the so-called total art-have reshaped centuries-long debates, A Cinema of Poetry also explores what is specific to the Italian art film and, more broadly, Italian cinematic history. In other words, what makes this version of the art film recognizably "Italian"?

A Cinema of Poetry - Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Hardcover): Joseph Luzzi A Cinema of Poetry - Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Hardcover)
Joseph Luzzi
R947 R818 Discovery Miles 8 180 Save R129 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Cinema of Poetry brings Italian film studies into dialogue with fields outside its usual purview by showing how films can contribute to our understanding of aesthetic questions that stretch back to Homer. Joseph Luzzi considers the relation between film and literature, especially the cinematic adaptation of literary sources and, more generally, the fields of rhetoric, media studies, and modern Italian culture. The book balances theoretical inquiry with close readings of films by the masters of Italian cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and others. Luzzi's study is the first to show how Italian filmmakers address such crucial aesthetic issues as the nature of the chorus, the relation between symbol and allegory, the literary prehistory of montage, and the place of poetry in cinematic expression-what Pasolini called the "cinema of poetry." While Luzzi establishes how certain qualities of film-its link with technological processes, capacity for mass distribution, synthetic virtues (and vices) as the so-called total art-have reshaped centuries-long debates, A Cinema of Poetry also explores what is specific to the Italian art film and, more broadly, Italian cinematic history. In other words, what makes this version of the art film recognizably "Italian"?

In a Dark Wood - A Memoir (Paperback): Joseph Luzzi In a Dark Wood - A Memoir (Paperback)
Joseph Luzzi
R322 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R45 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In a Dark Wood Lib/E - What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (Standard format, CD): Joseph Luzzi In a Dark Wood Lib/E - What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (Standard format, CD)
Joseph Luzzi; Read by Rick Adamson
R974 R858 Discovery Miles 8 580 Save R116 (12%) Out of stock
Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Hardcover): Joseph Luzzi Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Hardcover)
Joseph Luzzi
R770 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R176 (23%) Out of stock

In this groundbreaking study, unique in English, Joseph Luzzi considers Italian Romanticism and the modern myth of Italy. Ranging across European and international borders, he examines the metaphors, facts, and fictions about Italy that were born in the Romantic age and continue to haunt the global literary imagination. The themes of the book include the emergence of Italy as the "world's university" (Goethe) and "mother of arts" (Byron), the influence of Dante's "Commedia" on Romantic autobiography, and the representation of the Italian body politic as a woman at home and abroad. Luzzi also provides a critical reevaluation of the three crowns of Italian Romantic letters--Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, and Alessandro Manzoni--profoundly influential writers largely undiscovered in Anglo-American criticism. Reaching out to academic and general readers alike, the book offers fresh insights into the influence of Italian literary, cultural, and intellectual traditions on the foreign imagination from the Romantic age to the present.

In a Dark Wood - What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (Hardcover): Joseph Luzzi In a Dark Wood - What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (Hardcover)
Joseph Luzzi 1
R400 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R80 (20%) Out of stock

A story of love and grief. `I became a widower and a father on the same day' says Joseph Luzzi. His book tells how Dante's `The Divine Comedy' helped him to endure his grief, raise their infant daughter, and rediscover love. When you lose your whole world in a moment, where do you turn? Joseph Luzzi found the answer in Dante's opening of The Divine Comedy: `In the middle of our life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood.' One cold November morning, Luzzi, a professor and Dante scholar, was told his pregnant wife Katherine had been in a car accident. She did not survive, but their daughter Isabel did, delivered by emergency Caesarean a mere forty-five minutes before her mother died. In one terrible instant, Luzzi found himself both a widower and a father. In the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy, Luzzi turned to the support of his Italian immigrant family but it wasn't until he turned to Dante's epic poem - a poem he had devoted his life to studying and teaching - that he found a way to resurrect his life. Following the same structure as Dante's epic poem, Luzzi is shepherded out of his own `dark wood,' passing through the grief-stricken Inferno, the Purgatory of healing and learning to be a father to Isabel, and ultimately stepping into the Paradise of rediscovered love. A meditation on the influence of great art and power to give us strength in our darkest moments, `In a Dark Wood' opens the door into the mysteries of Dante's enduring classic. Beautifully written, poignant and unflinchingly honest, Luzzi's book is a hybrid of heartrending memoir and meaningful insight into one of the greatest pieces of literature in all history. Drawing us into man's descent into hell and back, it is Dante's journey, Luzzi's and our very own.

In a Dark Wood - What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (Hardcover): Joseph Luzzi In a Dark Wood - What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (Hardcover)
Joseph Luzzi
R523 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R44 (8%) Out of stock
Italian Cinema from the Silent Screen to the Digital Image (Paperback): Joseph Luzzi Italian Cinema from the Silent Screen to the Digital Image (Paperback)
Joseph Luzzi
R715 R667 Discovery Miles 6 670 Save R48 (7%) Out of stock

In this comprehensive guide, some of the world's leading scholars consider the issues, films, and filmmakers that have given Italian cinema its enduring appeal. Readers will explore the work of such directors as Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Roberto Rossellini as well as a host of subjects including the Italian silent screen, the political influence of Fascism on the movies, lesser known genres such as the giallo (horror film) and Spaghetti Western, and the role of women in the Italian film industry. Italian Cinema from the Silent Screen to the Digital Image explores recent developments in cinema studies such as digital performance, the role of media and the Internet, neuroscience in film criticism, and the increased role that immigrants are playing in the nation's cinema.

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