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Renzo Rabboni

Rabboni-ritratto

Renzo Rabboni

Letteratura italiana (L-FIL-LET/10)


Renzo Rabboni

Letteratura italiana (L-FIL-LET/10)


Rabboni-ritratto

Since 1993 I teach at the University of Udine, where I am Full Professor of Italian Literature; currently I am holding the courses of History and Geography of the Italian Literature and Comparative Italian Literature for the Master's in Italian Studies.

I am particularly interested in the contamination of genres, in folkloric motives and the popular component within our literature during the early centuries, which had been shoved aside for a long time due to the influence of the idealistic and Croce's vision, as well as by the intellectual perspective on the literary development.

In my research I deal in particular with the singing and laudistic production between the 14th and 15th century. On this topic I published the critical edition of the Cantari by Apollonius of Tyre, and I analysed the laudae by Feo Belcari and del Bianco of Siena. I studied the still unpublished canzoniere by Giovanni Nogarola, contained in the manuscript α. G. 5. 15 of the Biblioteca Estense of Modena – an early imitation of the lyrical model of Petrarca. With regard to the production of Nicolò Martelli, close friend of several artists associated with the Florentine Accademia at the time of his consulate, I investigated the intertwining of art and literature within the production of Tuscan Mannerists.

I am currently dealing with the 18th century, in connection to the literary production of the Abbot Antonio Conti, from Padova, an experimental philosopher, cosmopolitan traveller and European intellectual lived between the 17th and 18th century (from Newton to Leibniz, Malebranche and Fontenelle), and in connection to the translating activity of the cardinal Cornelio Bentivoglio d'Aragona (from Statius to the French tragedians).

Another subjetc which I analysed is the human history and the work of Tommaso Crudeli, the greatest Lyrical Poet in Italy during the early 18th century. His fame is due to the persecution he suffered by the hand of the Inquisition because of his libertine ideas and his contacts with the masonry (he was secretary of the first Masonic Lodge in Florence, founded by the British in 1732). On Crudeli, in collaboration with the Istituto di studi storici “Tommaso Crudeli” of Udine, I published three volumes, dedicated respectively: to the rhymes and translations from English and French (Shakespeare, Dryden, John Philips, Lafontaine); to his imprisonment and condemnation by the Court of the Inquisition; to the struggle between secular and ecclesiastic power in Florence at the time of the Regency, the framework of yet another process, faced this time by Tommaso's younger brother Antonio.

With regard to the 20th century, I dealt with the early Futurism. I studied Piero Gigli, from Modena, and I collected in a volume testimonials and unreleased papers from his private archive. I also analysed the Salgari's novels pertaining to the Siberian series and the correspondance between Giorgio Bassani and Giuseppe Raimondi. I published the critical edition of Senilità, and I reconstructed the complex iter of its marginal notes from the princeps (1898) to the second edition (1927). Furthermore, I studied the writings of the so-called semiliterates – those craftsmen, peasants, farmhands who were at the centre of the Great emigration of the 19th–20th century and wrote about it in their diaries, letters and memoirs.

Finally, concerning my Comparative interests, I wrote in particular about the relations between Russian and Italian literatures, focusing on the presence of Alfieri and Manzoni in Puškin, on Puškin's translations by Tommaso Landolfi and, most of all, on the essays of the great scholar Aleksandr N. Veselovskij dedicated to Boccaccio, Petrarca, Pucci and to the friulian folklore. Of Veselovskij I published (in collaboration with Roberta De Giorgi) the first italian translation of his Studi danteschi (2017).

Publications

Cornelio Bentivoglio D’Aragona, La Tebaide di Stazio

edizione e commento a cura di R. Rabboni, Roma 2000

Italo Svevo, Senilità

edizione critica a c. di R. Rabboni, voll. II, Roma 2015–2016

Aleksandr N. Veselovskij, Studi danteschi

«La parola del testo», XXI, 1–2, 2017 (a cura di R. De Giorgi e R. Rabboni)

Antonio Conti, Dialoghi filosofici

edizione critica e commento a cura di R. Bassi e R. Rabboni, Venezia 2018

Puškin e Manzoni (con Alfieri, Foscolo e Pindemonte)

Giornale storico della letteratura italiana 185 (2008) 321–370

La memoria e la realtà. Note al carteggio Bassani-Raimondi

Studi e problemi di critica testuale 83 (ottobre 2011) 227–249

Il Petrarca di Veselovskij

in A. Daniele (cur.), Le lingue del Petrarca, Atti del Convegno di Udine, 27–28 maggio 2003, Udine 2005, 173–200

Tommaso Cambiatori petrarchista

in: A. Canova (cur.), Rhegii Lingobardiae. Studi sulla cultura a Reggio Emilia in età umanistica, Reggio Emilia 2004, 31–92

Il Pucci di D'Ancona e Veselovskij

in: M. Bendinelli Predelli (cur.), Firenze alla vigilia del Rinascimento. Antonio Pucci e i suoi contemporanei, Atti del Convegno di Montreal, 22–23 ottobre 2004, McGill University, Fiesole 2006, 271–315

Boccaccio e i cantari: un’antologia in ottave di fine Trecento (Laur. Plut. LXXVIII. 23, cc. 138-178) e il Corbaccio

in: A. Ferracin, M. Venier (curr.), Giovanni Boccaccio: tradizione, interpretazione e fortuna. In ricordo di Vittore Branca, Atti del Convegno, Udine 23–25 maggio 2013, Udine 2014, 173–187

Carducci e D’Ancona consulenti e correttori del «Paradiso degli Alberti»

in: S. Nobili, V. Roda, G. Ruozzi, P. Vecchi Galli (curr.), Da Dante al Novecento. In onore di Alfredo Cottignoli, Bologna 2014, 189–197

Napoli e la Campania nelle Lettres familières sur l’Italie di Charles de Brosses

in: R. Cioffi, S. Martelli, I. Cecere, G. Brevetti (curr.), La Campania e il Grand tour. Immagini, luoghi e racconti di viaggio tra Settecento e Ottocento, Atti del Convegno 22–23–24 ottobre, Santa Maria Capua Vetere – Salerno – Paestum, Roma 2015, 19–30

Petrarchismo (e manierismo) in Accademia: Nicolò Martelli e Benedetto Varchi

in: M. Favaro, B. Huss (curr.), Interdisciplinarità del Petrarchismo. Prospettive di ricerca fra Italia e Germania, Atti del Convegno internazionale Berlino, Freie Universität, 27–28 ottobre 2016, Firenze 2018, 151–168