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Racconti all’insegna di Lemuel Gulliver. Le «Etnografie e popolazioni immaginate» de «Il semplice»

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This essay focuses on the fantasy ethnographic short stories published in the second issue of the literary review «Il semplice» and written by Gianni Celati, Ginevra Bompiani, Ugo Cornia, Jean Talon, Stefano Benni and Henri Michaux. After a brief discussion of the role of ethnography and fantasy ethnography in the publication, I considered their relationship with travel writing. I then focused on the key role of Gulliver’s Travels, pointing out the possible Swiftian origin of the different kinds of estrangement adopted in the short stories collected in the review. In the last section, I compared and contrasted Michaux’s Gli Hivinizikiwith the other short stories, and I stressed the similarities in the representation of the relationship between imaginary populations and the natural environment.

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47 Language, Communication and Culture, 4705 Literary Studies

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Griseldaonline

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1721-4777

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University of Bologna