Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy / Edition 1

Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy / Edition 1

by Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520226771

ISBN-13: 9780520226777

Pub. Date: 08/31/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

At the end of October 1922, in a whirlwind of events and unexpected circumstances, Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy. For the next twenty years, he dominated Italy as a cult hero and the duce of fascism and, later, founder of the empire. This richly textured cultural history traces the narrative path that accompanied the making of the fascist regime and…  See more details below

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At the end of October 1922, in a whirlwind of events and unexpected circumstances, Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy. For the next twenty years, he dominated Italy as a cult hero and the duce of fascism and, later, founder of the empire. This richly textured cultural history traces the narrative path that accompanied the making of the fascist regime and the construction of Mussolini's power. Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi reads fascist myths, rituals, images, and speeches as texts that tell the story of fascism. Linking Mussolini's elaboration of a new style of rule to the shaping of the regime's identity, she finds that in searching for symbolic means and forms to represent its political novelty, fascism actually created its own power, its own happening, its history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520226777
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/31/2000
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Mussolini's Aesthetic Politics15
The Politician as Artist15
From Art to Violence26
2Mussolini the Myth42
Mussolini in the Culture of Personality45
Mussolini and the Party56
The Deification of Mussolini64
3The Politics of Symbols: From Content to Form89
The Myth of Rome90
The Discourse on Style100
4Bodily Economy: Corporativism and Consumption119
Disembodying the Body120
Material/Consumption125
Mimetic Economy129
Spectacle and Desire139
5War and Melodrama148
The Politics of Land149
The Politics of War162
Conclusions183
Notes195
Bibliography267
Photograph Credits295
Index297

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