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Fascist modernities : Italy, 1922-1945 /
Ruth Ben-Ghiat.
imprint
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2001.
description
x, 317 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520223632 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2001.
isbn
0520223632 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4105214
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-304) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at New York University.
Excerpts
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"Ruth Ben-Ghiat's Fascist Modernities: Italy 1922-1945 is among the very best analyses of Fascist culture in any language. Based on a truly amazing amount of research, this volume traces the first stirrings of a generation of Italian writers and film directors who would pass from Fascism through the Resistance to militancy in the Communist, Socialist, Action, and Christian Democratic parties and then beyond into the new Italy of the 'economic miracle.'"--Alexander De Grand, author ofBottai e la cultura fascista "A superb and original work of scholarship, Fascist Modernities give us a startling new picture of the Italian fascist period and its cultural politics, as well as remarkable new analyses of Italian fascist anti-Semitism and of the relation between Italy's colonial aspirations and conquests and its modernizing schemes. Most impressive of all, Ben-Ghiat single-handedly changes our understanding of the place of realism in Italian literary history and in twentieth-century cinema."--Barbara Spackman, author ofFascist Virilities: Rhetoric, Ideology and Social Fantasy in Italy "Ruth Ben-Ghiat's book is an important contribution to the history of fascist culture, showing the complex ways in which fascism used intellectuals and intellectuals used fascism."--Alexander Stille, author ofBenevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian-Jewish Families Under Fascism
Flap Copy
"Ruth Ben-Ghiat's Fascist Modernities: Italy 1922-1945 is among the very best analyses of Fascist culture in any language. Based on a truly amazing amount of research, this volume traces the first stirrings of a generation of Italian writers and film directors who would pass from Fascism through the Resistance to militancy in the Communist, Socialist, Action, and Christian Democratic parties and then beyond into the new Italy of the 'economic miracle.'"--Alexander De Grand, author of Bottai e la cultura fascista "A superb and original work of scholarship, Fascist Modernities give us a startling new picture of the Italian fascist period and its cultural politics, as well as remarkable new analyses of Italian fascist anti-Semitism and of the relation between Italy's colonial aspirations and conquests and its modernizing schemes. Most impressive of all, Ben-Ghiat single-handedly changes our understanding of the place of realism in Italian literary history and in twentieth-century cinema."--Barbara Spackman, author of Fascist Virilities: Rhetoric, Ideology and Social Fantasy in Italy "Ruth Ben-Ghiat's book is an important contribution to the history of fascist culture, showing the complex ways in which fascism used intellectuals and intellectuals used fascism."--Alexander Stille, author of Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian-Jewish Families Under Fascism
Summaries
Main Description
In contrast to the widely held view that Italian fascism did not have a coherent program, Ben-Ghiat argues that the political situation was used as "an opportunity to create a peculiarly Italian and fascist mass culture [celebrating] order, hierarchy, and national uniqueness."
Long Description
Ruth Ben-Ghiat's innovative cultural history of Mussolini's dictatorship is a provocative discussion of the meanings of modernity in interwar Italy. Eloquent, pathbreaking, and deft in its use of a broad range of materials, this work argues that fascism appealed to many Italian intellectuals as a new model of modernity that would resolve the contemporary European crisis as well as long-standing problems of the national past. Ben-Ghiat shows that--at a time of fears over the erosion of national and social identities--Mussolini presented fascism as a movement that would allow economic development without harm to social boundaries and national traditions. She demonstrates that although the regime largely failed in its attempts to remake Italians as paragons of a distinctly fascist model of mass society, twenty years of fascism did alter the landscape of Italian cultural life. Among younger intellectuals in particular, the dictatorship left a legacy of practices and attitudes that often continued under different political rubrics after 1945.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This cultural history of Mussolini's dictatorship discusses the meanings of modernity in interwar Italy. The work argues that fascism appealed to many Italian intellectuals as a new model of modernity that would resolve the European and national crises.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Toward a Fascist Culturep. 17
Politics and Patronage in Italian Fascist Culturep. 20
Generational Politics and Fascist Aestheticsp. 29
Anxieties of Influencep. 33
In Search of Modernity: Italians Abroad, 1929-34p. 37
Narrating the Nationp. 46
Toward a New Italian Literaturep. 48
Critics and the Construction of Literary Identityp. 51
The Realist Novel and the Search for Moral Changep. 55
Fascist Literature and the Fiction of the Unpoliticalp. 61
The Ethnic as National: Alvaro's Alternativep. 64
Envisioning Modernityp. 70
Style and Identity: Creating the National Filmp. 74
Blasetti, Camerini, Matarazzo: Three Visions of a Different Modernityp. 80
The Development of Fascist Film Policy, 1933-35p. 88
Class Dismissed: Fascism's Politics of Youthp. 93
Toward a Fascist Modernity: Three Voices for Changep. 99
The Discipline of Revolutionp. 107
Conquest and Collaborationp. 123
Fascist Modernity and Colonial Conquestp. 125
Between Expansion and Autarchy: Italian Culture in the Axis Yearsp. 131
Aryans and Others: The Fascist War against the Jewsp. 148
Politics and Identity in Fascist Youth Culture, 1936-39p. 157
The Wars of Fascismp. 171
A Culture of War, 1940-43p. 174
Generations at Warp. 180
Other Italies, Other Modernitiesp. 187
Epiloguep. 202
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 305
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