Risorgimento in Modern Italian Culture: Revisiting the Nineteenth-century Past in History, Narrative, and Cinema

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Norma Bouchard
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2005 - History - 288 pages
The renewed attention to the origin and shape of nationalist discourses has promoted many excellent studies devoted to examining the rich storehouse of cultural responses produced during and after Risorgimento, the political events that, from 1859 to 1870, led Italy from being a fragmented peninsual to an independent and unified nation-state. However, the assessment of Risorgimento and its myths from the post-World War II era to the present remains, for the most part, unexplored. While it is undeniable that the dramatic economic, social, and political transformations that have characterized Italy from the second half of the twentieth century to the present have altered the role and function of nationalist narratives, it remains equally true that interest in the Risorgimento in modern Italian culture has not diminished.
 

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Contents

Risorgimento as an Unfinished Story
9
Rethinking the Risorgimento?
27
Tomasi di Lampedusas Il Gattopardo and Postwar Italian Political Culture
57
Luciano Bianciardi and the Blasphemy of Miracles
73
The Prism of the Risorgimento in Vincenzo Consolos Il sorriso dellignoto marinaio
96
The Case of Anna Bantis Not credevamo
117
Travesties of Risorgimento in Maria Rosa Cutrufellis La briganta
133
Gesualdo Bufalino as Historical Novelist
151
Speciality and Utopia in Antonio Tabucchis Piazza dItalia
174
Revolution and Reaction in Sciascias Sicily
195
Consolo and the Fictions of History
217
19541974
241
Risorgimento in Magnis Cinema
259
Contributors
281
Index
284
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Norma Bouchard is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Chair of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Connecticut.

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