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Title: Dagli anni di piombo agli anni di carta: rappresentazioni sociali e autobiografiche dei brigatisti rossi
Author: Serafini, Tiziana
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 0155
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2007
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The anned stmggle carried out by leftist groups in Italy during the 1970s and 1980s has been the subject ofmuch debate in tenns of both public opinion and the mass media from its very start to the present day. It represents a fundamental and dramatic phenomenon in recent Italian history, a phenomenon that involved the death of 128 victims (and of 68 militants), hundreds of serious woundings and robberies; it was a long-lasting and widespread movement, supported by - at least - 30,000-40,000 people and involving a number ofactive groups. This research concentrates on the personal image of some of the militants in the largest of such groups, the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades). Two kinds of images are analysed: the ones created by the mass media and the ones the militants produced through their own autobiographical writings (more than twenty such texts have been published). This thesis analyses what was said or written about the militants in question during the Seventies and Eighties, not only in magazine and newspaper articles and historical essays, but also in movies, songs and biographies. The analysis aims to reach a better understanding ofhow Italian society views these individuals today, and how those views have been produced. Most Italians see the 'ex brigatisti' just as they did thirty years ago, and the juxtaposition of these public frozen identities with the personal ones held by the militants, as revealed in their autobiographies, is one of the two main goals ofthis study. A second, related goal of this research, is to carry out a detailed textual analysis of four selected texts (the autobiographies of Curcio, Peci, Franceschini and Balzerani), tracing the writers' stylistic and stmcturai choices in order to understand how they attempt to create their personal identity and present it to the reader. The Primary Sources of my research consist in the texts published by exmilitants, which include primarily autobiographies, but also essays, poetry, novels, and other material. Secondary Sources consist mostly of texts about the anned stmggle in Italy written by Italian and foreign experts. These include newspaper articles, biographies, interviews, and critical works on the creation ofpersonal and collective identity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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