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Making and Remaking Italy : The Cultivation of National Identity Around the Risorgimento - Albert Russell Ascoli

Making and Remaking Italy

The Cultivation of National Identity Around the Risorgimento

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2001
ISBN: 9781859734476
Number Of Pages: 352

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This important new book considers many of the ways in which national identity was imagined, implemented and contested within Italian culture before, during and after the period of Italian unification in the mid-nineteenth century. Taking a fresh approach towards national icons cherished by both Left and Right, the collection's authors examine the complex interaction between a perceived need for national identity and the fragmented nature of the Italian peninsula. In so doing, they draw on examples from a wide range of artistic and cultural media. The book opens with an introduction which defines the case of the Italian 'Risorgimento' and places it within a large context of European and global nation-building and nationalism. Authors discuss how episodes from the distant past were used by nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists, musicians, and writers to recreate narratives of nationhood, as well as how the problem of Italian identity was before and during the Risorgimento. The question of who belonged in the new Italy, who remained outsiders, and how social and sexual differences entered into defining these groups is also addressed. The book concludes with an analysis of twentieth-century attempts to appropriate and reforge the 'spirit' of the Risorgimento, under Fascism and in our own time.

'It is only through such projects that pessimistic interpretations of national character which sustain an existing cultural hegemony can be effectively challenged.' H-Italy 'Making and Remaking Italy, drawing from a wide range of subject disciplines, offers some fascinating insights into the relationship between history, culture and identity.' History 'An interesting and valuable collection of essays addressing important questions on the meaning of "Italianness" and the process of its "construction" since unification of Italy.' Nations and Nationalism

Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Notes on Contributorsp. xv
Introduction Nationalism and the Uses of Risorgimento Culturep. 1
Notesp. 18
Referencesp. 20
Refiguring the Pastp. 25
Creating a National Past: History, Myth and Image in the Risorgimentop. 27
Acknowledgementsp. 63
Notesp. 64
Referencesp. 70
Whose Italy?p. 75
Dante and the Culture of Risorgimento: Literary, Political or Ideological Icon?p. 77
Notesp. 97
Referencesp. 102
Liberty on (and Off) the Barricades: Verdi's Risorgimento Fantasiesp. 103
Notesp. 115
Referencesp. 117
'This is Africa': Ruling and Representing Southern Italy, 1860-61p. 119
Notesp. 144
Referencesp. 150
Passion and Sexual Difference: the Risorgimento and the Gendering of Writing in Nineteenth-Century Italian Culturep. 155
Notesp. 190
Referencesp. 197
Remaking the Risorgimentop. 202
'To Make History': Garibaldianism and the Formation of a Fascist Historic Imaginaryp. 203
Notesp. 231
Referencesp. 238
'Tramonto' and 'Risorgimento': Gentile's Dialectics and the Prophecy of Nationhoodp. 241
Referencesp. 253
Nostra Patria: Revisions of the Risorgimento in the Cinema, 1925-52p. 257
Referencesp. 274
Visconti's Senso: the Risorgimento According to Gramsci or Historical Revisionism Meets Cinematic Innovationp. 277
Notesp. 292
Referencesp. 295
The Character of a Nationp. 298
National Identity or National Character? New Vocabularies and Old Paradigmsp. 299
Acknowledgementsp. 314
Notesp. 314
Referencesp. 316
Index of Namesp. 321
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ISBN: 9781859734476
ISBN-10: 1859734472
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.78  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.53