La rappresentazione della Sicilia in un romanzo inglese del 1905

Flaviana Astone


This article aims to examine the period between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, focusing on the northern European artists and writers who visited or lived in Sicily and their considerations of the island.
I will focus in particular on the British writer Robert Smythe Hichens (1864-1950), author of several novels, examining and analyzing his descriptions of Sicily and more specifically of Taormina at the time. The article analyzes the contents of his literary narrative using an ethnographic method and focuses on three aspects, the description of the places and the characters, the creation of Sicilian stereotypes by English intellectuals and their passion for orientalism.
The result is a complex network of possible historical-social and anthropological-cultural considerations.

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