This volume comprises eight essays, all written in English, examining some of the different ways in which art and life can be related to one another, whether in a positive or a negative sense, whether in fact or imagination, and whether in individual experience or that of society at large. The authors of these essays are all associated in different capacities with the Department of Humanistic Studies at the University of Salento, and their contributions to this volume reflect this shared humanistic orientation as well as the individual research interests of each. An ample spectrum of methodological approaches is represented in the essays included here, the subjects of which range from English poetry to Shakespeare to the Aesthetic Movement, from postcolonial to American literature, from musical tourism to film studies.
The Choice. Perfecting the Life or the Work (David Lucking)
Re-Valorizing Art. Pater’s “Gaudioso” and Late-Victorian Aestheticism (Maria Luisa De Rinaldis)
Art in Life/Life in Art. The “Catastrophe of Colonialism” in Richard Flanagan’s Wanting (Caterina Colomba)
Reclaiming Reality through Art. Andrea Levy’s Narratives of Identity (Maria Renata Dolce)
When the World Needs Stories. Listening to Jamaica Kincaid’s Mr. Potter (Rosanna Fulco)
In Accents Yet Unknown. Shakespeare at Rebibbia (Luisa Lezzi)
Linguistic Notes on French Music Tourism. The Case of the La Fugue Website (Giulia D’Andrea)
Heirs of all Eternity. Life and Art in Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Tempest (Daniela Provenzano)
Notes on Contributors
David Lucking is full professor of English at the University of Salento, where he teaches in the Department of Humanistic Studies. He was educated in Canada, Turkey and England, and holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Leeds. He has published books on Shakespeare, Conrad, Margaret Laurence, the narrative construction of identity in Canadian Literature, and the myth of the fall in English literature. His most recent full-length work is Making Sense in Shakespeare, published as part of the Costerus New Series by Rodopi in 2012.
Contributors: Caterina Colomba, Giulia D’Andrea, Maria Luisa De Rinaldis, Maria Renata Dolce, Rosanna Fulco, Luisa Lezzi, David Lucking, and Daniela Provenzano.