Clelia Martignoni, Lorenzo Panizzi

The Proliferation of Notes and Other Oddities: Gadda Towards Swift

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Keywords: Gadda and Jonathan Swift; Notes; Gérard Genette; Humour and Satire.

The essay analyses the eccentric practice of self-annotation in Gadda's books with special regard to Gérard Genette's literary theory on paratext in his pionereeing typological study "Seuils" (1987). The overflowing and exhilarating footnotes appended to Gadda's texts often invoke humour and satire. In this respect, such ironic uses of self-commentary are traced and compared to certain exemplary strategies that had been inventively employed by Jonathan Swift.

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