Darkest Italy: The Nation and Stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900

Darkest Italy: The Nation and Stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900

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ISBN-10: 0312221681

ISBN-13: 9780312221683

Pub. Date: 09/17/1999

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

Stereotypical representations of the Mezzogiorno are a persistent feature of Italian culture at all levels. In Darkest Italy, John Dickie analyzes these stereotypes in the post-Unification period, when the Mezzogiorno was widely seen as barbaric, violent or irrational, an "Africa" on the European continent. At the same time, this is the moment when the

Overview

Stereotypical representations of the Mezzogiorno are a persistent feature of Italian culture at all levels. In Darkest Italy, John Dickie analyzes these stereotypes in the post-Unification period, when the Mezzogiorno was widely seen as barbaric, violent or 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 an important and well-established area of Italian history--the relationship between the South and the nation as a whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312221683
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/17/1999
Edition description:
1999
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
• A World at War: The Italian Army and Brigandage
• The Birth of the Southern Question
• The Power of the Picturesque: Representations of the South in the Illustrazione Italiana
• Francesco Crispi’s Sicilianitë
• Conclusion

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