Urban Space, Violence and Gender Identity in Post-War Italian Crime Fiction
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This study showed that the Scerbanenco’s Lamberti novels accurately 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 intellectually and socially committed, although they have never been perceived 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 generally related to “a specific historical period – from the late 1940s to the 1960s – during which cultural and political leaders converged on a shared project, based on strict ideological premises”.196 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 transformation 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 cultural formation, and which cultivated a largely patronizing attitude towards the so-called ‘popolo’, very rarely seen as an autonomous interlocutor, as agent and...
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