In Western culture influenced by Christian tradition, martyrs are often represented as heroic characters who face death with courage and serenity. In contrast with this topos – and in some cases openly referring instead to the model of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – a number of 20th-century literary works represent martyrs in their moments of fear and anguish. In many cases, these feelings precede a phase of liberation that can be defined as “vertigo” and takes place right before the martyr’s death. This paper tackles this particular pathemic issue connected to martyrdom in a sample of European literary texts by Gertrud von le Fort, Ugo Betti, Miguel Unamuno, Antonio Tabucchi, and Carmelo Bene.

Dalla paura alla vertigine. Martiri nella letteratura contemporanea

Jenny Ponzo;Guido ferraro
2018

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In Western culture influenced by Christian tradition, martyrs are often represented as heroic characters who face death with courage and serenity. In contrast with this topos – and in some cases openly referring instead to the model of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – a number of 20th-century literary works represent martyrs in their moments of fear and anguish. In many cases, these feelings precede a phase of liberation that can be defined as “vertigo” and takes place right before the martyr’s death. This paper tackles this particular pathemic issue connected to martyrdom in a sample of European literary texts by Gertrud von le Fort, Ugo Betti, Miguel Unamuno, Antonio Tabucchi, and Carmelo Bene.
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Gertrud von le Fort, Ugo Betti, Antonio Tabucchi, Miguel Unamuno, Carmelo Bene, semiotics, martyrdom
Jenny Ponzo; Guido ferraro
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