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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520248260

ISBN-13: 9780520248267

Pub. Date: 05/17/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

The vexed relationship between the two parts of Italy, often referred to as the Southern Question, has shaped that nation's political, social, and cultural life throughout the twentieth century. But how did southern Italy become "the south," a place and people seen as different from and inferior to the rest of the nation? Writing at the rich juncture of literature,

Overview

The vexed relationship between the two parts of Italy, often referred to as the Southern Question, has shaped that nation's political, social, and cultural life throughout the twentieth century. But how did southern Italy become "the south," a place and people seen as different from and inferior to the rest of the nation? Writing at the rich juncture of literature, history, and cultural theory, Nelson Moe explores how Italy's Mezzogiorno became both backward and picturesque, an alternately troubling and fascinating borderland between Europe and its others. This finely crafted book shows that the Southern Question is far from just an Italian issue, for its origins are deeply connected to the formation of European cultural identity between the mid-eighteenth and late nineteenth centuries.

Moe examines an exciting range of unfamiliar texts and visual representations including travel writing, political discourse, literary texts, and etchings to illuminate the imaginative geography that shaped the divide between north and south. His narrative moves from a broad examination of the representation of the south in European culture to close readings of the literary works of Leopardi and Giovanni Verga. This groundbreaking investigation into the origins of the modern vision of the Mezzogiorno is made all the more urgent by the emergence of separatism in Italy in the 1990s.

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"?
Part One: Imagining the South, c. 1750–1850
Part Two: Representing the South in the Risorgimento, c. 1825–1861
Part Three: Representing the South in Postunification Italy, c. 1870–1885
Conclusion: What the South Enables us to Say
Bibliography

Index

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