Imagining Terrorism
The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy 1969-2009

Edited by Pierpaolo Antonello and Alan O'Leary

Italian Perspectives 18

Legenda

17 July 2009  •  240pp

ISBN: 978-1-906540-48-7 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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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?

Pierpaolo Antonello is senior lecturer 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.

Reviews:

  • ‘This is a thought-provoking collection that requires the reader to engage with representations and form as critical sites of historical understanding.’ — Derek Duncan, Modern Language Review 106.3, 2011, 889-90 (full text online)
  • ‘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.’ — Leonard Weinberg, Journal of Modern History 84.3 (September 2012), 752-54
  • ‘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.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 48.4 (October 2012), 490

Contents:

1-14
Introduction
Pierpaolo Antonello, Alan O'Leary
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Part I: Narrative Models of Political Violence
16-29
Killing the Father: Politics and Intellectuals, Utopia and Disillusion
Antonio Tricomi
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30-47
Narratives of Sacrifice: Pasolini and Moro
Pierpaolo Antonello
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48-62
Moro, Brescia, Conspiracy: The Paranoid Style in Italian Cinema
Alan O'Leary
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63-74
Through the Lens of Trauma: The Figure of the Female Terrorist in Il prigioniero and Buongiorno, notte
Ruth Glynn
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Part II: Genres of Terror
77-87
Television and Terrorism in Italy: Sergio Zavoli’s La notte della repubblica
Isabella Pezzini
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88-100
Screening Terror: Political Terrorism in Italian Cinema
Giancarlo Lombardi
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101-114
Lo stupro by Franca Rame: Political Violence and Political Theatre
Luciana D'Arcangeli
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Part III: The Rhetoric of Violence
116-127
The Rule of Which Law? The Use of Legal Language in the Rhetoric of the anni di piombo
Eleanor Spaventa
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128-138
A (Conceptual) History of Violence: The Case of the Italian Extreme Left in the 1970s
Lisa Gerusa
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139-150
Narrative Models of Political Violence: Vicarious Experience and ‘Violenti­zation’ in 1970s Italy
Francesco Caviglia, Leonardo Cecchini
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Part IV: The Memory of Events
153-167
Contested Memories: Milan and Piazza Fontana
John Foot
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168-182
Memorialization without Memory: The Case of Aldo Moro
David Moss
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183-199
Political Violence, stragismo and ‘Civil War’: An Analysis of the Self-Narratives of Three Neofascist Protagonists
Anna Cento Bull
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200-220
Self-Narratives of the anni di piombo: Testimonies of the Political Exiles in France
Rachele Tardi
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Bibliography entry:

Antonello, Pierpaolo, and Alan O'Leary (eds), Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy 1969-2009, Italian Perspectives, 18 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2009)

First footnote reference: 35 Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy 1969-2009, ed. by Pierpaolo Antonello and Alan O'Leary, Italian Perspectives, 18 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2009), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Antonello and O'Leary, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Antonello, Pierpaolo, and Alan O'Leary (eds). 2009. Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy 1969-2009, Italian Perspectives, 18 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Antonello and O'Leary 2009: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Antonello and O'Leary 2009: 21.

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