The Importance of Place in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction
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The Importance of Place in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction

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ISBN-13:
9781611475531
Seiten:
232
Autor:
Barbara Pezzotti
Serie:
The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Italian Studies
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

An analysis of the relationship between detective fiction and its setting, this book is the most wide-ranging examination of the way in which Italian detective fiction in the last 20 years has become a means to articulate the changes in the social landscape of the country.
By taking as its point of departure the privileged relationship between the crime novel and its setting, this book is the most wide-ranging examination of the way in which Italian detective fiction in the last 20 years has become a means to articulate the changes in the social landscape of the country. Nowadays there is a general acknowledgment of the importance of place in Italian crime novels. However, apart from a limited scholarship on single cities, the genre has never been systematically studied in a way that so comprehensively spans Italian national boundaries. The originality of this volume also lies in the fact that the author have not limited her investigation to a series of cities, but rather she has considered the different forms of (social) landscape in which Italian crime novels are set. Through the analysis of the way in which cities, the "urban sprawl," and islands are represented in the serial novels of 11 of the most important contemporary crime writers in Italy of the 1990s, Pezzotti articulates the different ways in which individual authors appropriate the structures and tropes of the genre to reflect the social transformations and dysfunctions of contemporary Italy. In so doing, this volume also makes a case for the genre as an instrument of social critique and analysis of a still elusive Italian national identity, thus bringing further evidence in support of the thesis that in Italy detective fiction has come to play the role of the new "social novel."
Contents: EpigraphsContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction
Part I: Giallo and the City
1 Milan, the city of crime
Piero Colaprico and Pietro Valpreda’s ‘Dynamic’ Milan
Andrea G. Pinketts’ Grotesque Milan
Sandrone Dazieri and a Manichean Image of the City
2 Turin, between History and News
Bruno Ventavoli and the ‘Savoy Kasbah’
Piero Soria and the Renewal of Turin’s Pride
3 Naples, the sulphurous city
Siviero’s Naples as the Dystopian City of the Future
4 Palermo, beauty and the Mafia
Piazzese and a Schizophrenic Palermo
Part II: Giallo and urban sprawl
5 Bologna and the Via Emilia
Carlo Lucarelli and a Dilating Bologna
6 Italy’s North-east, the Corroded Engine of Italy
Massimo Carlotto and the Alligator series
Part III: Giallo and the Island
7 Sicily between Old and New
Andrea Camilleri and Vigàta, the Imaginary ‘Island’
8 Sardinia, the Motherland
Marcello Fois and his Contemporary Trilogy
Conclusion
Part IV: Interviews
Bibliography
Index About the Author