Mass Culture and Italian Society from Fascism to the Cold War

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Overview

The 1930s to the 1950s in Italy witnessed large increases in film-going,
radio-listening, and the sale of music and weekly magazines. The industries that made and sold commercial, cultural products were transformed by the new technologies of reproduction and new approaches to marketing and distribution.

Yet historians tend to place the "real"
genesis of mass culture in the 1960s, or to generalize about the harnessing of mass culture to the
Fascist political project, without considering what kind of mass culture existed at the time and whether this harnessing was successful. This book draws on extensive new evidence, including oral histories and archival material, to explore possible continuities between the uses of mass culture before and after World War II.

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Editorial Reviews

European History Quarterly

"[T]his volume on Italian mass culture, based on a vast oral history project comprising almost 120 oral testimonies, is an extremely precious contribution to the subject, one which future research will not be able to ignore." —European History Quarterly

European Legacy

"Mass Culture and Italian Society is a very well-researched work... It provides a masterly presentation and discussion... which will be of great interest to scholars and postgraduate students of Italian cultural and social studies, and to those working on Italian history and politics of the twentieth century." —European Legacy, Volume 14 Issue 7 2009

Jacqueline Reich

"A well-researched and well-written co-authored book which will be of maximum interest to scholars of Italian history, society, and culture alike." —Jacqueline Reich, SUNY Stony Brook

From the Publisher

"A well-researched and well-written co-authored book which will be of maximum interest to scholars of Italian history, society, and culture alike." —Jacqueline
Reich, SUNY Stony Brook

"Mass Culture and Italian Society is a very well-researched work... It provides a masterly presentation and discussion... which will be of great interest to scholars and postgraduate students of Italian cultural and social studies, and to those working on Italian history and politics of the twentieth century." —European Legacy, Volume 14 Issue 7 2009

"[T]his volume on Italian mass culture, based on a vast oral history project comprising almost 120 oral testimonies, is an extremely precious contribution to the subject, one which future research will not be able to ignore." —European History Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253219480
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,257,948
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

David Forgacs is Professor of Italian at University of London. His research interests are in the cultural history of modern Italy and history of the media. He is author of Rome Open City and L'industrializzazione della cultura italiana (1800-2000) and editor with Robert Lumley of
Italian Cultural Studies: An Introduction and with Sarah Lutton and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith of
Roberto Ruossellini: Magician of the Real. He is currently Research Professor at the British School at Rome working on a three-year project (2006-2009) on language, space, and power in Italy since Unification.

Stephen Gundle is Professor of Film and Television Studies at
Warwick University. His research interests are in modern Italian cultural and poltiical history. He is author of Between Hollywood and Moscow: The Italian Communists and the Challenge of Mass Culture,
1943-1991 and Bellissima: Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy, and editor with Simon Parker of
The New Italian Republic and, with Lucia Rinaldi, of Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy. He is currently directing a large-scale collaborative project on "The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italianns, 1918-2005."

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of
Abbreviations

Introduction: Culture, Place, and Nation

Part 1.
Cultural Consumption and Everyday Life
1. Patterns of Consumption
2. Practices of the Self: Intimacy, Sexuality, Sport, Fashion

Part 2. Cultural Industries and
Markets
3. Publishing: Books, Magazines, and Comics
4. Film Production
5.
The Film Market: Distribution, Exhibition, and Stars
6. Radio and Recorded
Music

Part 3. The Politics of Mass Culture
7. State Intervention in
Cultural Activity
8. Civil Society and Organized
Leisure

Conclusion

Appendix 1. The Oral History Project, by
Marcella Filippa
Appendix 2. Table of Interviewees
Appendix 3.
Questionnaire
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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