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

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Norma Bouchard
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Jan 1, 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
The Case of Anna Bantis Noi credevamo
117
Travesties of Risorgimento
133
Copyright

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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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