The View from Vesuvius: Italian Culture and the Southern Question / Edition 1

The View from Vesuvius: Italian Culture and the Southern Question / Edition 1

by Nelson J. Moe
     
 


"This may well be the most complete and fascinating historical investigation of the myths and stereotypes through which European elites have observed and judged the south of Italy in the modern era."—Piero Bevilacqua, University of Rome

"A tour de force exploration of how the idea of the south of Italy – the Southern question – developed in the

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"This may well be the most complete and fascinating historical investigation of the myths and stereotypes through which European elites have observed and judged the south of Italy in the modern era."—Piero Bevilacqua, University of Rome

"A tour de force exploration of how the idea of the south of Italy – the Southern question – developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe and Italy. Nelson Moe’s book is a provocative reassessment of an old question, newly conceived and dictated by larger ideological and political needs that extend far beyond the geographic borders of the Italian nation."—Judge, Scaglione Publication Award , Italian Literary Series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248267
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/17/2006
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: How Did Southern Italy Become "the South"?1
IImagining the South, c. 1750-1850
1Italy as Europe's South13
2"L'Europe finit a Naples": Representations of the Mezzogiorno in the Century before Unification37
IIRepresenting the South in the Risorgimento, c. 1825-1861
3The North Looks South, 1825-184885
4Of Bourbons and Barbarism, 1848-1860126
5"This Is Not Italy!": Ruling and Representing the South, 1860-1861156
IIIRepresenting the South in Postunification Italy, c. 1870-1885
6Terra Vergine: Picturing the South in Illustrazione italiana187
7The Emergence of the Southern Question in Pasquale Villari and Leopoldo Franchetti224
8The Geographical Poetics of Giovanni Verga250
Conclusion: What the South Enables Us to Say297
Bibliography301
Index337

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