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Italian and Italian American Studies

The Italian Literature of the Axis War

Memories of Self-Absolution and the Quest for Responsibility

Authors: Bartolini, Guido

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  • Represents the first in-depth study of Italian literature about World War II written in the three decades after 1945
    Builds on an innovative interdisciplinary methodology, combining memory studies, historiography, thematic criticism, and narratology
    Explores the influence of public memories of the past on literary depiction, and the contribution of literary texts to the formation of such memory discourses

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This book investigates the representation of the Axis War – the wars of aggression that Fascist Italy fought in North Africa, Greece, the Soviet Union, and the Balkans, from 1940 to 1943 – in three decades of Italian literature. Building on an innovative and interdisciplinary methodology, which combines memory studies, historiography, thematic criticism, and narratology, this book explores the main topoi, themes, and masterplots of an extensive corpus of novels and memoirs to assess the contribution of literature to the reshaping of Italian memory and identity after the end of Fascism. By exploring the influence that public memory exercises on literary depictions and, in return, the contribution of literary texts to the formation and dissemination of a discourse about the past, the book examines to what extent Italian literature helped readers form an ethical awareness of the crimes committed by members of their national community during World War II.

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Guido Bartolini is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Cork, Ireland, where he works on the cultural memory of fascism and its representation in Italian literature and cinema.    

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Italian Literature of the Axis War
Book Subtitle
Memories of Self-Absolution and the Quest for Responsibility
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63181-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63181-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-63180-2
Series ISSN
2635-2931
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 263
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