Speaking Out and Silencing
Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s

Edited by Anna Cento Bull and Adalgisa Giorgio

Italian Perspectives 12

Legenda

17 January 2006  •  256pp

ISBN: 978-1-904350-72-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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Commonly referred to collectively as the anni di piombo - years of lead - the 1970s have been seen as a parenthesis in Italian history, which was dominated by political violence and terrorism. The seventeen essays in this wide-ranging collection adopt different scholarly perspectives to challenge this monolithic view and uncover the complexity of the decade, exploring its many facets and re-assessing political conflict. The volume brings to the fore the ruptures of the period through an examination of literature, film, gender relations, party politics and political participation, social structures and identities. This more balanced assessment of the period allows the vibrancy and dynamism of new social and cultural movements to emerge. The long-lasting effects of this period on Italian culture and society and its crucial legacy to the present are lucidly revealed, dispelling the widely-held belief that the 1970s were largely a regressive decade.

Anna Cento Bull is Professor and Adalgisa Giorgio is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Bath.

Reviews:

  • ‘An excellent analysis of the 1970s... important new insights into the anni di piombo.’ — Liz Wren-Owens, Modern Language Review 104.1, January 2009, 213-14 (full text online)
  • ‘Each of these essays confirms that terrorism is an ineluctable topic in any discussion of the long 1970s... Indeed, the two longest entries in the index to the volume are for ‘terrorism’ and for ‘Moro, Aldo’. Aldo Moro is all over the book, just as he is uncannily omnipresent in Italian culture...’ — Alan O'Leary, Modern Italy 13.3, August 2008, 361-63

Contents:

1-9
The 1970s through the Looking Glass
Anna Cento Bull, Adalgisa Giorgio
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10-29
Italy in the 1970s between Self-Expression and Organicism
Piero Ignazi
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30-41
Listening and Silencing. Italian Feminists in the 1970s: Between autocoscienza and Terrorism
Paola Di Cori
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42-68
Women in Italy in the 1970s
Amalia Signorelli
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69-80
Is the Political Personal? Fathers and Sons in Bertolucci’s Tragedia di un uomo ridicolo and Amelio’s Colpire al cuore
Lesley Caldwell
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81-94
A Leaden Silence? Writers’ Responses to the anni di piombo
Jennifer Burns
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95-114
From Little Girls to Bad Girls: Women’s Writing and Experimentalism in the 1970s and 1990s
Adalgisa Giorgio
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115-121
The Difficulty of a Historical Perspective on the 1970s
Enrico Palandri
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122-131
The Radicals: An Ambiguous Contribution to Political Innovation
Mark Donovan
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132-145
Intellectual Unemployment and Political Radicalism in Italy, 1968-1982
Carl Levy
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146-160
The Red Brigades and the Moro Kidnapping: Secrets and Lies
Roberto Bartali
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161-171
Allende, Berlinguer, Pinochet... and Dario Fo
Tom Behan
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172-184
‘A riconquistare la rossa primavera’: The Neo-Resistance of the 1970s
Philip Cooke
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185-200
Collective Memory and Childhood Narratives: Rewriting the 1970s in the 1990s
Claudia Bernardi
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201-211
Becoming Visible: Did the Emancipation of Women Reach the Sicilian Mafia?
Valeria Pizzini Gambetta
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212-226
The Left and the Construction of Immigrants in 1970s Italy
Davide Però
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227-240
From the Centrality of the Working Class to its Demise: The Case of Bagnoli, Naples
Anna Cento Bull
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Bibliography entry:

Bull, Anna Cento, and Adalgisa Giorgio (eds), Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s, Italian Perspectives, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2006)

First footnote reference: 35 Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s, ed. by Anna Cento Bull and Adalgisa Giorgio, Italian Perspectives, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2006), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Bull and Giorgio, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Bull, Anna Cento, and Adalgisa Giorgio (eds). 2006. Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s, Italian Perspectives, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Bull and Giorgio 2006: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Bull and Giorgio 2006: 21.

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