Long live Italy: Carducci, the strange Nobel Prize

Alessandro Scarsella

(Università Ca’ Foscari)
E-mail: alescarsella[at]unive.it
ORCID: 0000-0003-1467-0999
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2022.04.05
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2022, nr 1

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This article reconstructs the atmosphere surrounding the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Giosue Carducci in 1906, highlighting his anachronism and overtly nationalist and latent anti-Habsburg motivations. However, the twentieth-century reception of Carducci, from Benedetto Croce’s remarks to the opinions formulated at the dawn of 1968, would continue to emphasize his essential place in the canon of modern Italian poetry.