The red and the blue - the depiction of the italian partisan resistance in fenoglio il 'partigiano johnny'

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

22 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article is one of a series in which I seek to argue that Beppe Fenoglio's most famous work, published posthumously as Il partigiano johnny,is more dependent on and informative of its historical context than is commonly accepted by literary critics. As I have suggested elsewhere,2 the book is not a work that transcends history, but is a kind of fictional memoir, or rather, a fictive autobiography, built around the dialogic relationship between Fenoglio andJohnny.3 In the text, as with other examples of this genre of writing,4 this relationship means that the point of view and 'voice' of the narrator Fenoglio, who recounts events from a I950s perspective, is blended with the point of view and 'voice' of his 1940s protagonist/ focalizer, Johnny. The impression given is that there are two narrators, one 'internal' (Johnny) and the other 'external' (Fenoglio). This stereo system, which I describe with the phrase 'Fenoglio's binoculars, Johnny's eyes', leads to a kind of dual perspective, an awareness of which is crucial to an historical interpretation of the text.
LanguageEnglish
Pages365-381
Number of pages16
JournalModern Language Review
Volume91
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1996

Fingerprint

critic
genre
interpretation
event
history
Narrator
Partisan
Memoir
Historical Context
Autobiography
Protagonist
Fiction
1940s
Fictive
Literary Critics
History

Keywords

  • Italy
  • partisan resistance
  • partigiano johnny
  • Fenoglio
  • literature

Cite this

@article{eea52c4fadac4c55b30f37bfc5c0831e,
title = "The red and the blue - the depiction of the italian partisan resistance in fenoglio il 'partigiano johnny'",
abstract = "This article is one of a series in which I seek to argue that Beppe Fenoglio's most famous work, published posthumously as Il partigiano johnny,is more dependent on and informative of its historical context than is commonly accepted by literary critics. As I have suggested elsewhere,2 the book is not a work that transcends history, but is a kind of fictional memoir, or rather, a fictive autobiography, built around the dialogic relationship between Fenoglio andJohnny.3 In the text, as with other examples of this genre of writing,4 this relationship means that the point of view and 'voice' of the narrator Fenoglio, who recounts events from a I950s perspective, is blended with the point of view and 'voice' of his 1940s protagonist/ focalizer, Johnny. The impression given is that there are two narrators, one 'internal' (Johnny) and the other 'external' (Fenoglio). This stereo system, which I describe with the phrase 'Fenoglio's binoculars, Johnny's eyes', leads to a kind of dual perspective, an awareness of which is crucial to an historical interpretation of the text.",
keywords = "Italy, partisan resistance, partigiano johnny, Fenoglio, literature",
author = "P.E. Cooke",
year = "1996",
month = "4",
language = "English",
volume = "91",
pages = "365--381",
journal = "Modern Language Review",
issn = "0026-7937",
number = "2",

}

The red and the blue - the depiction of the italian partisan resistance in fenoglio il 'partigiano johnny'. / Cooke, P.E.

In: Modern Language Review, Vol. 91, No. 2, 04.1996, p. 365-381.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The red and the blue - the depiction of the italian partisan resistance in fenoglio il 'partigiano johnny'

AU - Cooke, P.E.

PY - 1996/4

Y1 - 1996/4

N2 - This article is one of a series in which I seek to argue that Beppe Fenoglio's most famous work, published posthumously as Il partigiano johnny,is more dependent on and informative of its historical context than is commonly accepted by literary critics. As I have suggested elsewhere,2 the book is not a work that transcends history, but is a kind of fictional memoir, or rather, a fictive autobiography, built around the dialogic relationship between Fenoglio andJohnny.3 In the text, as with other examples of this genre of writing,4 this relationship means that the point of view and 'voice' of the narrator Fenoglio, who recounts events from a I950s perspective, is blended with the point of view and 'voice' of his 1940s protagonist/ focalizer, Johnny. The impression given is that there are two narrators, one 'internal' (Johnny) and the other 'external' (Fenoglio). This stereo system, which I describe with the phrase 'Fenoglio's binoculars, Johnny's eyes', leads to a kind of dual perspective, an awareness of which is crucial to an historical interpretation of the text.

AB - This article is one of a series in which I seek to argue that Beppe Fenoglio's most famous work, published posthumously as Il partigiano johnny,is more dependent on and informative of its historical context than is commonly accepted by literary critics. As I have suggested elsewhere,2 the book is not a work that transcends history, but is a kind of fictional memoir, or rather, a fictive autobiography, built around the dialogic relationship between Fenoglio andJohnny.3 In the text, as with other examples of this genre of writing,4 this relationship means that the point of view and 'voice' of the narrator Fenoglio, who recounts events from a I950s perspective, is blended with the point of view and 'voice' of his 1940s protagonist/ focalizer, Johnny. The impression given is that there are two narrators, one 'internal' (Johnny) and the other 'external' (Fenoglio). This stereo system, which I describe with the phrase 'Fenoglio's binoculars, Johnny's eyes', leads to a kind of dual perspective, an awareness of which is crucial to an historical interpretation of the text.

KW - Italy

KW - partisan resistance

KW - partigiano johnny

KW - Fenoglio

KW - literature

UR - http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/3735018.pdf

M3 - Article

VL - 91

SP - 365

EP - 381

JO - Modern Language Review

T2 - Modern Language Review

JF - Modern Language Review

SN - 0026-7937

IS - 2

ER -