Imagining Terrorism : the rhetoric and representatio of political violence in Italy, 1969-2009 /
edited by Pierpaolo Antonello and Alan O'Leary.
London : Legenda/Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Pub., 2009.
xii, 227 p.
1906540489, 9781906540487
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London : Legenda/Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Pub., 2009.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Pierpaolo Antonello is senior lecture in Italian at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College. Alan O'Leary is lecturer in Italian in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds.
Review Quotes
For many, the murder of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978 by the BR and the various neofascist bombings have become myths or legendary occurrences ones fraught with profound meaning for the human condition. Even some of the former militants and terrorists -- the perpetrators, in other words -- have participated in these productions (Moro's killers, for example). In fact, one cannot help be left with the impression that the artists and the ex-militants are really talking to each other.
This broad-ranging collection of fourteen essays is innovative in offering an extremely rich and multi-faceted portrait of this complex topic... makes a real contribution to show how terrorist brutality was expressed, encoded and schematized by the people involved in these dramatic events even before the violent actions became the object of rhetorical analysis.
This is a thought-provoking collection that requires the reader to engage with representations and form as critical sites of historical understanding.
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Long Description
No other European country experienced the disruption of political and everyday life suffered by Italy in the so-called 'years of lead' (1969-c.1983), when there were more than 12,000 incidents of terrorist violence. This experience affected all aspects of Italian cultural life, shaping political, judicial and everyday language as well as artistic representation of every kind. In this innovative and broad-ranging study, experts from the fields of philosophy, history, media, law, cinema, theatre and literary studies trace how the experience and legacies of terrorism have determined the form and content of Italian cultural production and shaped the country's way of thinking about such events.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Narrative Models of Political Violence
Killing the Father: Politics and Intellectuals, Utopia and Disillusionp. 16
Narratives of Sacrifice: Pasolini and Morop. 30
Moro, Brescia, Conspiracy: The Paranoid Style in Italian Cinemap. 48
Through the Lens of Trauma: The Figure of the Female Terrorist in II prigioniero and Buongiorno, nottep. 63
Genres of Terror
Television and Terrorism in Italy: Sergio Zavoli's La notte della repubblicap. 77
Screening Terror: Political Terrorism in Italian Cinemap. 88
Lo stupro by Franca Rame: Political Violence and Political Theatrep. 101
The Rhetoric of Violence
The Rule of Which Law? The Use of Legal Language in the Rhetoric of the anni di piombop. 116
A (Conceptual) History of Violence: The Case of the Italian Extreme Left in the 1970sp. 128
Narrative Models of Political Violence: Vicarious Experience and 'Violentization' in 1970s Italyp. 139
The Memory of Events
Contested Memories: Milan and Piazza Fontanap. 153
Memorialization without Memory: The Case of Aldo Morop. 168
Political Violence, stragismo and 'Civil War': An Analysis of the Self-Narratives of Three Neofascist Protagonistsp. 183
Self-Narratives of the anni di piombo: Testimonies of the Political Exiles in Francep. 200
Indexp. 221
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