The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians, 1860-1920

The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians, 1860-1920

by Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226774481

ISBN-13: 9780226774480

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Soon after the disparate states of the Italian peninsula unified in the 1860s to create a single nation, the nationalist Massimo D’Azeglio is said to have remarked, “We have made Italy, now we have to make Italians.” The Pinocchio Effect draws on a remarkably broad array of sources to trace this making of a modern national identity in Italy

Overview

Soon after the disparate states of the Italian peninsula unified in the 1860s to create a single nation, the nationalist Massimo D’Azeglio is said to have remarked, “We have made Italy, now we have to make Italians.” The Pinocchio Effect draws on a remarkably broad array of sources to trace this making of a modern national identity in Italy, a subject that remains strikingly understudied in the English-speaking world of Italian studies.

Taking as her guiding metaphor the character of Pinocchio—a national icon made famous in 1881 by the eponymous children’s book—Susan Stewart-Steinberg argues that just like the renowned puppet, modern Italians were caught in a complex interplay between freely chosen submission and submission demanded by an outside force. In doing so, she explores all the ways that identity was constructed through newly formed attachments, voluntary and otherwise, to the young nation. Featuring deft readings of the period’s most important Italian cultural and social thinkers—including the theorist of mass psychology Scipio Sighele, the authors Matilde Serao and Edmondo De Amicis, the criminologist Cesare Lombroso, and the pedagogue Maria Montessori—Stewart-Steinberg’s richly multidisciplinary book will set a new standard in Italian studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226774480
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1          The Pinocchio Effect: On Autonomy and Influence        
2          The Secret Power of Suggestion: Scipio Sighele's Succubal Subject
3          The Queen and the Deputy: The Representative Politics of Matilde Serao's La Conquista di Roma
4          Love's Gravity: The Perverse Gymnastics of Edmondo De Amicis
5          An Unwritable Law of Maternal Love: The Infanticide Debate
6          In a Dark Continent: Cesare Lombroso's Other Italy
7          Social Maria: The Scientific Feminism of Maria Montessori
8          Maria Montessori: The Writing Subject

Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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