Modern Languages & Literatures
This article considers Calvino's Il barone rampante (1957) as a parable of the deforestation and excessive urban development that took place along the Italian Riviera, starting in the late eighteenth century. The novel's inter-textual references point to the intellectual foundations of the author's ecological ethics, and reveal his understanding of the Enlightenment as a culture vested in the protection of its forests and interested in recasting human relationships with the natural world.
Pacini, G. (2014). Arboreal and Historical Perspectives from Calvino’s Il barone rampante.