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,…  See more details below

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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 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.

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
Sales rank:
962,822
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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