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Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Notturno, the book of the Italian war : political commitment, national regeneration and its ideological roots

Guylian Nemegeer (UGent) and Mara Santi (UGent)
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This article argues that Gabriele d'Annunzio's Notturno conveys a conscious political and cultural message which is consequent of his long-lasting political commitment to the nation. This political value of the book has been mainly overlooked. Therefore, the first part of the article shows the locations of the political and war-related content, and how the book can be considered as a war diary. Moreover, the first part of the article relates the Notturno to d'Annunzio's political project for the nation at the time when the book was composed (1915-1921). The aim of this part is to dispel the enduring critical misinterpretation of the Notturno as an intimate collection of memories and visions and to foreground its national value. The second part of the article addresses the roots of the Notturno's political message from a literary point of view by relating it to the national commitment underlying d'Annunzio's works since the 1880s. This commitment is based on the revalorization in the author's literary works of the Italian national past, in particular of the 16th century, where d'Annunzio continues and renews the national storytelling of the Risorgimento.
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d’Annunzio, great war in literature, Italian national identity, Notturno, reception of the Renaissance, Risorgimento

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Nemegeer, Guylian, and Mara Santi. “Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Notturno, the Book of the Italian War : Political Commitment, National Regeneration and Its Ideological Roots.” FORUM ITALICUM, 2021, doi:10.1177/00145858211005471.
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Nemegeer, G., & Santi, M. (2021). Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Notturno, the book of the Italian war : political commitment, national regeneration and its ideological roots. FORUM ITALICUM. https://doi.org/10.1177/00145858211005471
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Nemegeer, Guylian, and Mara Santi. 2021. “Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Notturno, the Book of the Italian War : Political Commitment, National Regeneration and Its Ideological Roots.” FORUM ITALICUM. https://doi.org/10.1177/00145858211005471.
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Nemegeer, Guylian, and Mara Santi. 2021. “Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Notturno, the Book of the Italian War : Political Commitment, National Regeneration and Its Ideological Roots.” FORUM ITALICUM. doi:10.1177/00145858211005471.
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Nemegeer G, Santi M. Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Notturno, the book of the Italian war : political commitment, national regeneration and its ideological roots. FORUM ITALICUM. 2021;
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G. Nemegeer and M. Santi, “Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Notturno, the book of the Italian war : political commitment, national regeneration and its ideological roots,” FORUM ITALICUM, 2021.
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