Le molteplici facce della polizia: Lucertolo, primo investigatore seriale della letteratura italiana

Autori

  • Francesca Facchi University of Toronto

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/7171

Parole chiave:

detective novel, Jarro, prehistory of crime fiction, police representation

Abstract

In the study of the ‘prehistory’ of the Italian detective novel, the Tuscan journalist and writer Giulio Piccini, better known by his pseudonym Jarro, has played a pivotal role. Following his desire to create “il romanzo giudiziario d’impronta tutta italiana” (Piccini 1887: X), Piccini gave life to Lucertolo, the first serial detective of Italian literature, and the protagonist of four novels published between 1882 and 1884. This character triggers critical interest because his main features change with each text: from the birro of the first two novels – a Vidocqian figure somewhere between a policeman and a thief – to an almost infallible police commissioner in the third novel, doubling up in the fourth with two complementary characters, a retired commissioner and a young police delegate, i.e. Lucertolo senior and junior. The aim of this analysis of the different versions of Jarro’s detective, is to identify how each bears traces of the ‘fathers’ of the detective novel (Poe, Gaboriau, Vidocq) and, at the same time, contributes to the foundation of an Italian interpretation of the genre.

Biografia autore

Francesca Facchi, University of Toronto

Francesca Facchi è dottoranda presso il dipartimento di Italian Studies dell’Università di Toronto. I suoi interessi di ricerca comprendono la letteratura popolare del periodo post-risorgimentale e la letteratura italiana del Novecento, con particolare riguardo per l’opera e gli epistolari di Eugenio Montale. Attualmente i suoi studi hanno come oggetto le origini del poliziesco italiano.

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Pubblicato

2016-05-31

Come citare

Facchi, Francesca. 2016. «Le Molteplici Facce Della Polizia: Lucertolo, Primo Investigatore Seriale Della Letteratura Italiana». Altre Modernità, n. 15 (maggio):6-23. https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/7171.