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Beyond the Piazza

Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture

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Simona Storchi

The volume is a collection of essays focussing on the cultural construction, perception and representation of public and private spaces in 20th and 21st century Italian culture. Through the study of a variety of spaces, this book provides an exploration of the notions of private self and public sphere and considers their interaction. It focuses on areas where the spheres of public and private merge, meet or clash, and assesses the role played by spatial practices and representations in the complex coexistence, mutual definition and constant negotiation of public and private. It offers a variety of approaches, ranging from literature to history, art history, film and cultural studies. It brings to the fore issues relating to the production of space, such as perceptions and definitions of the self and privacy, the politics of the private and public, gender representations, the construction of collective and cultural memory, and the relationship between the individual and the urban environmnent.

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INTRODUCTION. Piazzas and Beyond: Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture ....................... 9 Simona Storchi PART I. HOMES AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE CHAPTER 1. Italian Writers’ Houses and the Shift from Private to Public .................................................. 23 Harald Hendrix CHAPTER 2. Layers of Intimacy: Openness and Segregation in Narrative Representations of the Colonial House ........................ 39 Loredana Polezzi CHAPTER 3. “La casa all’italiana”: Domus and the Ideology of the Domestic Interior in 1930s Italy .... 57 Simona Storchi PART II. GENDERED SPACES AND THE INTERFACE BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CHAPTER 4. From the Drawing Room to the Piazza: Anna Kuliscioff, Margherita Sarfatti and the Salon Tradition in Italy ......................................................... 79 Emily Braun CHAPTER 5. The Brothel in Italian Cinema, 1959-1960: Creating a Space for Female Spectators ........................................... 99 Danielle Hipkins CHAPTER 6. Construction and Self-Construction in Elena Ferrante’s Gendered Space ............................................... 115 Patrizia Sambuco CHAPTER 7. Queering Spaces in Turin ............................................ 129 Charlotte Ross 8PART III. URBAN SPACES: BETWEEN REALITY AND IMAGINATION CHAPTER 8. Private and Public Spaces. The Anatomy of three Italian Cities: Caserta, Bologna, Milan..... 151 Laura Rorato CHAPTER 9. The Ultimate Public Space: Filming on the Campidoglio ............................................................. 167 Lesley Caldwell CHAPTER 10. The Via Veneto by Night: Space and “Unreal Estate” in the Rome of the Dolce Vita ............ 181 Stephen Gundle PART IV. SITES OF MEMORY: PUBLIC SPACES AND PRIVATE LIVES CHAPTER 11. Sites of Memory? The Superga Disaster and the Myth of Il Grande Torino .................................................... 199 John Foot CHAPTER 12. Piazza Alimonda’s Open Wound: The Memory Site of Genoa 2001 ...................................................... 215 Monica Jansen and...

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