Informations and abstract
Keywords: Benedetto Croce, italian idealism, Italian Antifascism, the religion of freedom, moral romanticism and decadentism, historicism in literature, Italian Aesthetics, realism and neorealism
Bassani has often mentioned the decisive influence of Croce on his world-view, his poetics and his practice as a writer. However, despite some valuable contributions, this influence has never been studied in an accurate and systematic way. The present essay aims at filling this gap: to measure the extent of Croce’s influence on Bassani, but also to probe the crucial points on which the Italian novelist departs from some of Croce’s strongest presuppositions.