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By Anna Maria Torriglia

ISBN-10: 080203604X

ISBN-13: 9780802036049

Broken Time, Fragmented area: A Cultural Map for Post-war Italy examines how the artists and intellectuals of post-war Italy handled the 'shameful' historical past in their fascist upbringing and schooling by way of attempting to craft a brand new cultural identification for themselves and the rustic. The continuities among the tradition of the fascist and post-fascist classes have been, besides the fact that, a ways more than what intellectuals have been able to admit, growing an uncomfortable, occasionally schizophrenic relation to time, as a painful urge to erase the past.

Drawing on a number of serious ways, Torriglia investigates the efforts to reconstruct a private in addition to a collective self via studying either canonical and lesser-known cinematic and literary texts. equipped round 4 major topics - using language, the interplay among own and public spheres, the perceptual different types of historical past and reminiscence, and the reconstruction of the feminine id - the learn additionally comprises old introductions and sociological observation that offers an in depth and appealing photo of the cultural creation in Fifties Italy, a interval that has now not but been generally studied.

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While Elena is a rich girl who attends the liceo, Sandrino only has a junior-high-school degree and works as a counter boy. Class difference is not an element of their relationship that Pratolini scrutinizes. Elena and Sandrino attempt to construct their identities through what is now an absent, deceased father whose probity they do not question. Each is proud of his or her father and each considers him a model for his or her actual behaviour: their fathers did, after all, propel them into society as politically aware members.

Italics mine) It is clear here that the tradimento, the betrayal Bruna is referring to, is both emotional and ideological. When she says 'non e soltanto un uomo delle mie stesse idee e anche mio marito,' the fact that he is her husband is secondary to the fact that they share a political agenda. Through Bruna's long, extremely lucid, and rational explanation, first with Virginia and then with Faliero, Pratolini attempts to clarify the increasingly complex relationship between love and political engagement, and between the private and the public spheres.

While Elena is a rich girl who attends the liceo, Sandrino only has a junior-high-school degree and works as a counter boy. Class difference is not an element of their relationship that Pratolini scrutinizes. Elena and Sandrino attempt to construct their identities through what is now an absent, deceased father whose probity they do not question. Each is proud of his or her father and each considers him a model for his or her actual behaviour: their fathers did, after all, propel them into society as politically aware members.

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