Alberto Moravia’s Agostino is a short novel about an unsuccessful initiation to maturity: after meeting some boys from a lower-class family during a summer holiday in the suburbs, a bourgeois adolescent grown up in the city discovers what sex and disparity between social classes are. These discoveries destroy the protagonist’s childish naivety, but don’t allow him to build a new and more mature identity. Agostino and also other novels about traumatic and weak personal growths clearly illustrate an important part of the complex Bildungsroman’s phenomenology of the 20th century.

Agostino: l'incompiuta rinascita di un adolescente di città in periferia

DANTI, LUCA
2016

Abstract

Alberto Moravia’s Agostino is a short novel about an unsuccessful initiation to maturity: after meeting some boys from a lower-class family during a summer holiday in the suburbs, a bourgeois adolescent grown up in the city discovers what sex and disparity between social classes are. These discoveries destroy the protagonist’s childish naivety, but don’t allow him to build a new and more mature identity. Agostino and also other novels about traumatic and weak personal growths clearly illustrate an important part of the complex Bildungsroman’s phenomenology of the 20th century.
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