Massimo Palermo

Textual architecture in Gadda's novels

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Keywords: Text Linguistics; Syntax; Deixis and Anaphora; 20th Century Italian Literature.

The paper analyses some aspects of Gadda's style in his two major novels: "La cognizione del dolore" and "Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana". The analysis is carried out using methodological instruments of text linguistics. Some constructions, such as subject inversion, right dislocations, deictic and anaphoric references are examined and connected to theoretical reflections concerning the relation between language and knowledge carried out in other works by the author ("Meditazione Milanese, Racconto italiano di ignoto del Novecento"). The purpose is to demonstrate that the author reconfigures the language tools that he uses, changing their linguistic value by inserting them in his particular and unrepeatable pastiche.

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