Lavoro di Unificazione: Calvino's Nationalizing Fiabe

Master's Thesis


This aim of this thesis is to show that the Fiabe italiane are directly related to the historical formation of a standard Italian, and may be viewed as a literary operation to nationalize Italy in the wake of the war. In the first part of my thesis, I give a concise synopsis of the Introduction, synthesizing the main arguments contained within it. In the second and main part, I focus on various ways the Introduction suggests, alludes to, and defines an Italian national tradition through folktales. As “lavoro di unificazione,” the Fiabe work to create a linguistic reality and participate in reforming and uniting Italian identity.


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Author James David Cotton
Advisor Theodore Cachey
Contributor Theodore Cachey, Committee Chair
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Romance Languages and Literatures
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2014-04-25

Submission Date 2014-04-25
  • United States of America

  • Calvino

  • nation building

  • folklore

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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