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Title: Representations of Italian left political violence in film, literature and theatre (1973-2005)
Author: Tardi, Rachele
ISNI:       0000 0001 3499 2464
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2005
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The thesis investigates representations of 'red' political violence in Italy of the so- called anni di piombo and later memory of it in selected films, theatrical works, novels and stories. After the Introduction, which includes a discussion of aims, key concepts and methods, there are four main chapters. Chapter One examines representations of the abduction and killing of Aldo Moro in two thematic groups; those which focus respectively on Moro and the brigatisti during the imprisonment and on the Via Fani massacre and the alleged conspiracy behind it. The analysis of these texts serves as a case study, highlighting key themes and issues that will recur in the next chapters. Chapter Two deals with texts that link political violence to relations between the generations - conflicts between father and son, relationships between mother and daughter/son - and reflects on the implications of their emphasis on the family. Chapter Three analyses texts that centre on women militants. It draws attention to two recurrent female types: the woman who strays from her maternal role in joining the armed group and later seeks 'normalization' and the ex-militant who remains committed to her former beliefs, in contrast both to a male character and a female 'good double'. Chapter Four concentrates on the representations of the post-anni di piombo. It deals first with self-narratives of Italian political refugees in Paris and then with fictional or semi-fictionalized representations of 'dramatic encounters' between former activists, and between activists and their children. A short Afterword concludes on the principal findings and reflects on the methodology.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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