Urban Space, Violence and Gender Identity in Post-War Italian Crime Fiction
This study showed that the Scerbanenco’s Lamberti novels ac- curately and critically articulate and explore the implications of emerging forms of criminality, closely linked to Italy’s post- war transformation and, in particular, to its economic miracle. Scerbanenco’s engagement with socio-economic, political and ethical issues, such as urbanization, capitalism, violence, justice, crime and gender identity, suggests that his works are intellectu- ally and socially committed, although they have never been per- ceived in connection with the post-war tradition of impegno. In fact, it is arguably Scerbanenco’s multifaceted and anarchic (a)political, ideological and ethical approach, his versatility as a popular fiction writer and his prominent roles within leading women magazines that has marginalized him. This is because he does not adhere to a monolithic notion of impegno which, in the Italian context, is gen- erally related to “a specific historical period – from the late 1940s to the 1960s – during which cultural and political leaders con- verged on a shared project, based on strict ideological premises”.1 Throughout the post-war period, impegno was associated with the notion of political hegemony, and intellectuals such as the engaged writer (or filmmaker) had to shape collective consciousness, and co-opt individuals into a communal project for global transforma- tion and revolutionary change. As Pierpaolo Antonello and Florian Mussgnug put it: the ideological and political power of the so-called chiese – Catholicism, Communism and Fascism – envisaged a top-down approach to cul- tural formation, and which cultivated a largely patronizing attitude towards the so-called ‘popolo’, very rarely seen as...
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