Italy as Other: The Carnival and the Swamp
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Corinne’s and Oswald’s hopes for unity founder. He rejoins his regiment, rejects and abandons Corinne, and marries her English half-sister Lucile, whereupon Corinne’s personality disintegrates. Her talents having failed her, she dies from grief. Most obviously, Oswald rejects Corinne out of fidelity to his dead father’s wishes.1 This decision, however, bespeaks not filial piety alone but Oswald’s acceptance of a whole complex of patriarchal attitudes, which make it impossible for him to unite sexually with Corinne and culturally with Italy.
KeywordsEighteenth Century Filial Piety Sexual Prejudice Italian Language Roman Domination
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