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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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Moving Texts/Testi mobili is an innovative initiative for cross-disciplinary research into literature, linguistics and every other form of culture that involves the use of language such as cinema, opera, or comic strips.

Moving Texts is a forum for textual analysis, theoretical verification, and for the development of interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches.

Interdisciplinarity implies the analysis of work that straddles different forms of art, such as musicals and photography, and also the application of approaches originating from different disciplines such as cultural studies, (psycho)narratology, semiotics, pragmatics, cognitive sciences, hermeneutics and philology to works such as novels and song books.

The series Moving Texts is an exploration into the elaboration of artistic and linguistic work, and it is aimed not only at specialists but also at the broadest possible readership.

Series editors: Gian Paolo Giudicetti (Université catholique de Louvain), Monica Jansen (Universiteit Antwerpen e Universiteit Utrecht), Inge Lanslots (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven e Universiteit Antwerpen), Costantino Maeder (Université catholique de Louvain), Dieter Vermandere (Universiteit Antwerpen)

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