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Darkest Italy

The Nation and Stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900

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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 Mezzogiorno 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 important and well-established area of Italian history - the relationship between the South and the nation as a whole.

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John Dickie is Lecturer in Italian Studies at University College London.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Darkest Italy
Book Subtitle
The Nation and Stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900
Authors
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-22168-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 209
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