Giraffes in the Garden of Italian Literature investigates the central nexus in the work of Italo Svevo, Federigo Tozzi and Carlo Emilio Gadda and considers it as evidence of a programmatic attempt to renegotiate human embodiment in order to validate an alternate space of lived corporeality.
Introduction: Three Giraffes in Italy's Literary Garden 1. Corporeal Revolutions: Interrogating Modern and Modernist Embodiment 2. Corporeal Arrhythmia: Svevo's Stylistics of Limping and Potentiality 3. Blind Refusal: Tozzi's Stylistic Phenomenology of Hypersensitivity 4. Bodies, Borders and the Offended Self: Gadda's Stylistic Ethics of Misogyny 5. Conclusion: Italian Giraffes, Italian Bodies