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Vincere a due «la ripugnanza del cuore» Per un'empatia dell'immaginazione in Estate di Natalia Ginzburg

Abstract : The aim of this article is to analyze how, through an auto-fictional perspective, Natalia Ginzburg proposes, in the short story Summer (1946), an «empathy of the imagination» (Donise, 2019) which, referring to the studies of Martha Nussbaum, insists on connection between narrative imagination and moral intention in literature. In this regard, we will analyze how Ginzburg's tale possesses a double value. Written as a gesture of gratitude towards a friend, the text opens to a meta-literary perspective. The deliberately fictional character of the text, combined with the autobiographical material and an implicit reflection on the civil value of literature, becomes the paradigm of a form of narrative empathy and at the same time capable of communicating with the reader. In fact, through autofiction Ginzburg establishes a dialogic relationship with the reader. The literary field becomes a contribution – to say it with Donise – «to the lexicon and topical of ethics». The creative effort to talk about a suicide attempt and the consequent friendship that healed him therefore, coincides with a phenomenology of real life. With this tale, the reader participates emotionally in Ginzburg's pain and enters into a sympathetic relationship with what for Nussbaum is «the concreteness of the human condition».
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Ilaria Moretti. Vincere a due «la ripugnanza del cuore» Per un'empatia dell'immaginazione in Estate di Natalia Ginzburg. Notos - Espaces de la création : arts, écritures, utopies, Plateforme NUMEREV, 2022, Les formes de l'empathie: arts et langages. ⟨hal-03693990⟩



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