Unidentified Narrative Objects and the New Italian Epic

Kate Elizabeth Willman

Italian Perspectives 42

Legenda

25 February 2019  •  182pp

ISBN: 978-1-781888-19-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781888-20-9 (paperback, 2020)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

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The 21st century has seen a surge of popularity in texts that cross the borders between styles, genres and media, between real-life events and imagined ones, so that these texts are difficult to categorise or sometimes to distinguish as fiction or nonfiction. They might be called ‘unidentified narrative objects’, a term coined by the Italian writer Wu Ming 1 when discussing Italian literature after 2000 in his Memorandum on the New Italian Epic, whose writers have a common belief in the power of literature to effect change in society by depicting and re-assessing the past and present. Through analysing a number of recent Italian unidentified narrative objects, this study explores the potential of this experimental approach to the novel form.

Kate Willman completed her PhD at the University of Warwick and has since taught at the University of Bristol and held a fellowship at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (London).

Contents:

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Unidentified Narrative Objects and the New Italian Epic: Unidentified Narrative Objects and the New Italian Epic
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Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
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Introduction
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Chapter 1 ‘Something Is Happening in Italian Literature’: the Memorandum On the New Italian Epic and Twenty-First-Century Italian Literature
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48-79
Chapter 2 We’re Going To Have To Be the Parents: Exploring Parental Legacies and Taking Responsibility
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80-113
Chapter 3 On the Historical Novel
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114-149
Chapter 4 Literature of Experience: Representing Reality in the Digital Age
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150-152
Conclusions
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153-166
Bibliography
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167-172
Index
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Willman, Kate Elizabeth, Unidentified Narrative Objects and the New Italian Epic, Italian Perspectives, 42 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Kate Elizabeth Willman, Unidentified Narrative Objects and the New Italian Epic, Italian Perspectives, 42 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Willman, p. 47.

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Willman, Kate Elizabeth. 2019. Unidentified Narrative Objects and the New Italian Epic, Italian Perspectives, 42 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Willman 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Willman 2019: 21.

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