Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History

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University of Toronto Press, Jul 2, 2020 - 328 pages

Neorealism emerged as a cultural exchange and a field of discourse that served to shift the confines of creativity and revise the terms of artistic expression not only in Italy but worldwide. If neorealism was thus a global phenomenon, it is because of its revolutionary portrayal of a transformative moment in the local, regional, and national histories of Italy. At once guiding and guided by that transformative moment, neorealist texts took up, reflected, and performed the contentious conditions of their creation, not just at the level of narrative content but also in their form, language, and structure. Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History demonstrates how they did so through a series of representative case studies. Recounting the history of a generation of artists, this study offers fundamental insights into one of the most innovative and influential cultural moments of the twentieth century.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 What Was Neorealism?
14
Neorealism after Fascism
49
The Neorealist Representation of History
85
Neorealisms Choral Politics
128
Conclusion
171
Notes
179
Bibliography
249
Index
303
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Charles L. Leavitt IV is an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame.

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