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Italian and Italian American Studies

Politics and Sentiments in Risorgimento Italy

Melodrama and the Nation

Authors: Sorba, Carlotta

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  • Makes available in English the author's prize winning monograph Il melodramma della nazione (Laterza, 2015)
  • ​Explores how narratives of nationhood during the Italian Risorgimento used melodramatic political language to inspire patriots
  • Investigates the transnational links between mobilisation and the emergence of mass culture
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This book investigates the narrative of nationhood during the Italian Risorgimento and its ability to reach a new and wider audience. In Italy, an extraordinary emotional excitement pervaded the struggle for national independence, suffusing the speeches and actions of patriots. This book shows how this ardour borrowed the tones, figures and spectacular nature of the melodramatic imagination feeding the theatre and literature of the time, and how it could resonate with a largely uneducated audience. An important contribution to the new historiography on the Italian Risorgimento and on nineteenth-century nationalism in Europe, it offers a fresh perspective on the public sphere during the Risorgimento, focusing on the transnational links between political mobilisation and the growth of new media and burgeoning mass culture. 

About the authors

Carlotta Sorba is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Padua and founder of the Centro interuniversitario di storia culturale (CSC), Italy. She is a cultural historian of nineteenth-century Europe with special interest in the relationship between theatre, society and politics.

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‘A model of how culture can be related to politics, even politics of the very highest level, this book offers a multitude of sparkling and surprising insights into melodrama, opera, and political sensibilities, not just in Italy but in France, England, and eastern Europe as well. The author’s deep learning and elegant style are bound to attract readers to this period that was so critical to the formation of modern politics.’

Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

‘In this elegantly written and tightly focused book Carlotta Sorba provides an original explanation for the popular appeal of the Italian Risorgimento as an emotional project. By focusing on its cultural origins, this book puts the 1848 revolutionary experience in Italy back where it belongs: the European-wide rise of new media and theatrical performances. This is major contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century European political culture.’

Maurizio Isabella, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics and Sentiments in Risorgimento Italy
Book Subtitle
Melodrama and the Nation
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
978-3-030-69732-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69732-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69731-0
Series ISSN
2635-2931
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 302
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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