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Document Type

Book Chapter

Department/Program

Modern Languages & Literatures

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Book Title

Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema

Publisher

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Editor

Pasquale Verdicchio, Loredana Di Martino

First Page

29

Last Page

46

Abstract

This volume explores the Italian contribution to the current global phenomenon of a “return to reality” by examining the country’s rich cultural production in literature and cinema. The focus is particularly on works from the period spanning the Nineties to the present day which offer alternatives to notions of reality as manufactured by the collusion between the neo-liberal state and the media. The book also discusses Italy’s relationship with its own cultural past by investigating how Italian authors deal with the return of the specter of Neorealism as it haunts the modern artistic imagination in this new epoch of crisis. Furthermore, the volume engages in dialogue with previous works of criticism on contemporary Italian realism, while going beyond them in devoting equal attention to cinema and literature. The resulting interactions will aid the reader in understanding how the critical arts respond to the triumph of hyperrealism in the current era of the virtual spectacle as they seek new ways to promote cognitive transformations and foster ethical interventions.

ISBN

978-1-4438-1123-1

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