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Influențe Svevo – Joyce
Svevo – Joyce: Influences

Author(s): Bogdan Balita
Subject(s): Comparative Study of Literature
Published by: Editura Universităţii de Vest din Timişoara
Keywords: Italo Svevo; James Joyce; literary influences; the city of Trieste; Triestine literature;

Summary/Abstract: Aron Hector Schmitz/Ettore Schmitz/Italo Svevo, a 46-year-old man from Trieste, met, in 1907, at the Berlitz School in Trieste, a young, 25-year-old English teacher from Dublin, James Joyce. It would become a lifelong friendship, incorporating on many levels (biographical, social, intellectual) a great accumulation of mutual exchanges, culminating with the transformation of the real Svevo into the Joycean character, Bloom. On the other hand, the city of Trieste, as the geographical centre of the liaison between the two writers to be, is of great interest to us. The city (Dublin or Trieste) becomes itself a character in the literary work of both Joyce and Svevo. If Bloom’s roots, as a character, can be traced (even if not entirely) to Italo Svevo, it can also be said that without James Joyce’s constant encouragement, Ettore Schmitz would have never finished his central literary work, The Conscience of Zeno, and thus would have never become the well-known Triestine writer: Italo Svevo. The influences between them can therefore provide a fruitful starting point for a study in the field of comparative literature.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 55
  • Page Range: 107-112
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian
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