Italy and the Mediterranean: Words, Sounds, and Images of the Post-Cold War Era

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The Mediterranean has always loomed large in the history and culture of Italy, and since the 1980s this relationship has been represented in ever more varied forms as both national and regional identities have evolved within a globalized context. This interdisciplinary volume puts Italian artists (writers, musicians, and filmmakers) and intellectuals (philosophers, sociologists, and political scientists) in conversation with each other to explore Italy's Mediterranean identity while questioning the boundaries ...

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Italy and the Mediterranean: Words, Sounds, and Images of the Post-Cold War Era

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Overview

The Mediterranean has always loomed large in the history and culture of Italy, and since the 1980s this relationship has been represented in ever more varied forms as both national and regional identities have evolved within a globalized context. This interdisciplinary volume puts Italian artists (writers, musicians, and filmmakers) and intellectuals (philosophers, sociologists, and political scientists) in conversation with each other to explore Italy's Mediterranean identity while questioning the boundaries between Self and Other, and between native and foreign bodies. By moving beyond nation-centric models of cultural and ethnic homogeneity based on myths of progress and rationality, these wide-ranging contributions fashion new ways of belonging that transcend the cultural, economic, religious, and social categories that have characterized post–Cold War Italy and Europe.

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'Carefully researched and persuasively argued, this book examines the new and provocative discourses on the Mediterranean that have taken shape in the Italian context since the end of the Cold War as well as the simultaneous emergence of a distinctive tendency in cultural production - in music, cinema, and literature - that resonates with similar social and geophilosophical concerns. It offers a path-breaking contribution to Italian cultural studies.' - Áine O'Healy, Loyola Marymount University, USA

'In the past thirty years Italian public culture has been increasingly defined in terms of its relationship to the Mediterranean. In Italy and the Mediterranean Bouchard and Ferme present a thorough and compelling analysis of how intellectuals, musicians, filmmakers, and writers have re-elaborated Italian identities and successfully pushed the boundaries of national belonging. This book provides a rich and comprehensive study of contemporary Italian culture that will be of interest to scholars in various academic fields - from history to media studies, philosophy, cultural geography, music, and literature.' - Michela Ardizzoni, University of Colorado–Boulder, USA, and author of North/South, East/West: Mapping Italianness on Television and Beyond Monopoly: Globalization and Contemporary Italian Media

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Norma Bouchard is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut, USA. Among her publications are The Politics of Culture and the Ambiguities of Interpretation: Umberto Eco's Alternative (1998); Céline, Gadda, Beckett: Experimental Writers of the 1930s (2000); Risorgimento in Modern Italian Culture: Revisiting the 19th century Past in History, Narrative, and Cinema (2005); Reading and Writing the Mediterranean: Essays by Consolo (2006); and Italian Cultural Studies: Negotiating Regional, National and Global Identities, Annali d'Italianistica 24 (2006).

Valerio Ferme is Associate Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature and an Associate in the Department of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, USA. He is the author of Diario Italo-Americano (1997), Tradurre è tradire: La traduzione come sovversione culturale sotto il Fascismo (2002), and numerous articles on twentieth-century Italian literature. With Norma Bouchard he has also translated Franco Cassano's Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean (2012).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Returban to the Mediterranean in Contemporary Western Thought: Old Contexts, New Approaches
2. Interlude: From Discourses On to Discourses From the Italian Mediterranean
3. Geo-philosophies of the Mediterranean: From Massimo Cacciari and Franco Cassano to Mario Alcaro and Beyond
4. Sounds of Southern Shores: Musical Traditions and Adaptations in the Italian Mediterranean
5. Screening the Souths through Southern Eyes: Revisiting Italy and the Mediterranean through the Lenses of Globalization
6. Writing the Mediterraneity of the Italian South: Vincenzo Consolo, Carmine Abate, and Erri De Luca
7. The Mediterranean of Migrant, Post-colonial, and Exile Writers
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