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Giorgio Scerbanenco

Urban Space, Violence and Gender Identity in Post-War Italian Crime Fiction

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Marco Paoli

The works of Giorgio Scerbanenco repeatedly articulate and explore the implications of new forms of criminality that emerged in Italy’s post-war transformation towards its «economic miracle». An indepth analysis of Scerbanenco’s Duca Lamberti series constitutes the critical focus of this study, and in particular the psychological resonances of the role played by the author’s controversial representation of the urban space, its violence, (in)justice and gender roles. In what way do these elements heighten and/or exaggerate the nature of the criminal acts and the reader’s experience? This study therefore investigates a reader’s potential response to the content, the settings, and, above all, the characters Scerbanenco portrays in these four novels.

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A Abbott, Daniel J. 81 Aghatise, Esohe 71 Albano, Giuseppe 58, 59 alignment, 86-87, 103-106, 108, 110-111, 113, 119, 125, 135, 137, 141-142, 145, 148-149, 153-154, 171 allegiance, 86-87, 105, 125, 137, 141, 144-145, 148, 152, 154, 171, 181 Althusser, Louis 21 Antonello, Pierpaolo 16, 34, 193- 194, 196-197 Arcari, Paolo 41-42 Armati, Cristiano 58, 60, 62-66, 151 Arrighi, Cletto 23 Augé, Marc 95 Augias, Corrado 156 B Baboni, Anna 30, 32 Bakhtin, 19 banda Casaroli, 61-62 banda Cavallero, 65 (see also Cava- llero gang, Cavallero, Pietro and Notarnicola, Sante) banda dei marsigliesi, 64 banda del destino, 58 banda delle tute blu, 62-63 (see also blue overall gang and De Maria, Luciano) banda dovunque, 58, 62 Barbieri, Ezio 58 Barry, Peter 21 Bellassai, Sandro 71, 166 Benjamin, Walter 126, 141, 157 Bergamelli brothers, 64, 77, 151-152 Bezzi, Sandro 58 Bezzola, Guido 155 Blue Overall gang, 62-63, 66 (see also banda delle tute blu and De Maria, Luciano) Boisset, Yves 132, 202 Bontempelli, Massimo 28 Brecht, Bertold 18 Broggini, Renata 41 Brown, Jim 58 Brunetti, Bruno 27 Burns, Jennifer 9, 33, 87, 136, 155, 158, 166, 169, 180-182, 186-187, 197-199 C Calabrò, Anna Rita 178-179 Calvino, Italo 32, 194 Camilleri, Andrea 21, 121, 200 Cannarozzo, Franco 29 (see also Enna, Franco) Canosa, Romano 61, 71, 74, 76 Canova, Gianni 118 Carloni, Massimo 25, 31-32, 48- 53, 120, 155 Carlotto, Massimo 20, 78, 120, 148, 196, 200 Casalba, [Casella, Alberto] 40 Casaroli, Paolo 61-62 Cavallero, Pietro 65 (see also ban- da Cavallero,...

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