Darkest ItalyDarkest Italy: the nation and stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900
the nation and stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan, 1999.
ISBN: 0333802187 ISBN13: 9780333802182 LCC: DG825
Summary:"Stereotypical representations of the Mezzogiorno are a persistent
feature of Italian culture on all levels. In Darkest Italy, John
Dickie analyzes these stereotypes in the post-Unification period,
when the Mezzogiorno was widely seen as barbaric, violent, and
irrational, an "Africa" on the European continent. At the same time,
this is the moment when the Mezzogiorno became a metaphor for the
state of the country as a whole, the index of Italy's modernity.
Dickie argues that these stereotypes, rather than being a symptom of
the failings of national identity in Italy, were actually integral to
the way Italy's bourgeoisie imagined themselves as Italian. Drawing
on recent theories of "Otherness" and national identity, Dickie
brings a new light to a key and well-established facet of Italian
history - the relationship between the South and the nation as a
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. -202) and index.
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Book Details:Language: eng
Physical Description: 209 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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