Making the Italians: Poetics and Politics of Italian Children's Fantasy (Paperback)Lindsay Myers (author)
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This book charts the history and evolution of Italian children's fantasy, from its first appearance in the 1870s to the present day. It traces the structural and thematic progression of the genre in Italy and situates this development against the changing backdrop of Italian culture, society and politics. The author argues that ever since the foundation of Italy as a nation-state the Italian people have been actively involved in an ongoing process of identity formation and that the development of children's fantasy texts has been inextricably intertwined with sociopolitical and cultural imperatives.
Publisher: Verlag Peter Lang
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition
"`Making the Italians' provides an invaluable contribution to the field of Italian children's literary criticism; it also has the potential to truly engage readers whose scholarly interests lie within the realms of cultural history or literary history more generally. This work demonstrates that Massimo D'Azeglio's oft-quoted dictum - to which the title of the book refers - has perpetual resonance in the field of children's literature; the process of `making Italians' is not finite but rather involves the education and socialisation of each successive generation. Myers' study provides an insight into the role which authors of children's fantasy have played and continue to play in this process, thus offering readers a heretofore neglected perspective on a component of the cultural fabric of Italian society." (Jessica D'Eath, La Libellula 4, 2012/4)
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