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Italian and Italian American Studies

Contemporary Italian Narrative and 1970s Terrorism

Stranger than Fact

Authors: Ward, David

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  • Represents the first comprehensive account of the engagement with 1970s terrorism in contemporary Italian literature
  • Introduces English readers to key issues in current Italian Studies criticism
  • Makes a fresh and original contribution to the discussion of major contemporary Italian texts
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About this book

This book is about literary representations of the both left- and right-wing Italian terrorism of the 1970s by contemporary Italian authors. In offering detailed analyses of the many contemporary novels that have terrorism in either their foreground or background, it offers a “take” on postmodern narrative practices that is alternative to and more positive than the highly critical assessment of Italian postmodernism that has characterized some sectors of current Italian literary criticism. It explores how contemporary Italian writers have developed narrative strategies that enable them to represent the fraught experience of Italian terrorism in the 1970s. In its conclusions, the book suggests that to meet the challenge of representation posed by terrorism fiction rather than fact is the writer’s best friend and most effective tool.

About the authors

David Ward is Professor of Italian Studies at Wellesley College, USA. He is the author of A Poetics of Resistance: Narrative and the Writings of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Antifascisms: Cultural Politics in Italy, 1943-1946, and Piero Gobetti’s New World: Antifascism, Liberalism, Writing.


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“For the richness of its argument and for the clear and sure way in which it takes up its positions [...] Contemporary Italian narrative and 1970s terrorism:  Stranger than fact gives an excellent account of itself as a survey of Italian narrative on the 1970s and as a very important contribution to the critical debate on the potential of literary experimentation.” (Elena Prat, Incontri, Vol. 32 (2), 2017)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-46647-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-83554-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Italian Narrative and 1970s Terrorism
Book Subtitle
Stranger than Fact
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46648-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46648-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46647-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83554-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 241
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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