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Beyond the Piazza

Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture


Edited By 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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Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, teaches the History of Art at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her scholarship is inter-disciplinary and includes books and exhibitions on Italian Fascist culture, Italian modernism, Jewish cultural history, and women’s stud- ies. She is the author of Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism: Art and Politics under Fascism, (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and co- author of The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons (Yale University Press, 2005). Braun has received fellowships from the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers and the Getty Foundation. Her current research interest is post-war European art. Lesley Caldwell is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Italian department at University College London, where she organises the Rome lecture series. She is also Honorary Reader in the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL and a psychoanalyst in private practice. She is an editor for the Winnicott Trust and the current chair of trustees. Recent publica- tions include: with Dorigen Caldwell, Rome: Continuing Encounters between Past and Present (Ashgate, 2011), with Angela Joyce, Reading Winnicott (Routledge, 2011), with Francesco Capello, Psychoanalysis and Italian Studies, special issue of the Journal of Romance Studies, Vol. 10, 3, Winter 2010. John Foot is Professor of Modern Italian History in the Department of Italian at University College London. His publications include Milan since the Miracle. City, Culture and Identity (2001), Modern Italy (2003), Calcio. A History of Italian Football (2006), Italy’s Divided Memory (2009) and Pedalare! Pedalare! A History of Italian Cycling (2011)...

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