Stereotypical representations of the Mezzogiorno are a persistent feature of Italian culture at all levels. In "Darkest Italy", John Dickie analyzes these stereotypes in the post Unification period, when the Mezzogiornio was widely seen as barbaric, violent or irrational, an "Africa" on the European continent. At the same time, this is the moment when the Mezzogiorno became a metaphor for the state of the country as a whole, the index of Italy's modernity. Dickie argues that these stereotypes, rather than being a symptom of the failings of national identity in Italy, were actually integral to the way Italy's bourgeoisie imagined themselves as Italian. Drawing on recent theories of Otherness and national identity, Dickie brings a new light to an area of Italian history - the relationship between the South and the nation as a whole.
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'Dickie leaves little doubt about the way that use of the stereotype could explain the perceived failures and shortcomings of the new nation.' - Italian Politics and Society
JOHN DICKIE is Lecturer in Italian Studies at University College London. He is General Editor of Modern Italy, the journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy.
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Descrizione libro PALGRAVE PUBLISHERS LTD., LONDON, 2000. Encuadernacion original. Condizione libro: NUEVO / NEW. 240 paginas. Codice libro della libreria 265444