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Title: Ungaretti giornalista, 1919-1935
Author: Thomas, Claire Ellen
ISNI:       0000 0004 5918 7551
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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Ungaretti giornalista, 1919-1935 considers the largely forgotten inter-war journalistic career of celebrated poet Giuseppe Ungaretti through his contribution to several publications, including Mussolini's II Popolo d'Italia, Breton's Dadaist journal Litterature, Fascist daily II Tevere, and the culture pages of Gazzetta del Popolo. Informed by post-colonial theory and studies on travel writing, this thesis situates Ungaretti's articles within their historical context and examines the discourses of italianita, colonial and cultural expansionism throughout these alongside reflections on the consolations offered by artistic and spiritual liberty under the regime. Challenging the common perception of Ungaretti as a politically naive poet, this study instead shows him to be an engaged commentator on the society, culture and politics of the ventel111io. It demonstrates how his support of Fascism and cultural expansionism under the regime clashed with his cosmopolitan tendencies, and generated debate about how Fascist culture should be defined within the relatively open literary milieu of the 1920s. Ungaretti, who once moved in avant-garde circles in Paris, wrote in French as well as Italian. He promoted the work of Gide and other French authors in Italian publications, before conforming more rigidly to the increasingly xenophobic cultural policy of the 1930s. In this way, this thesis explores a long-forgotten aspect of Ungaretti's Fascist past which has been largely neglected by academic studies since his rehabilitation after the Second World War. It is the first full study of the political content of his journalism, and the first of its kind in the English language.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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