Modernity, Myth and Memory
Chapter 6 - Gobetti, Gobettiani and Antifascist Turin: Echoes of History in Italy’s More Recent Past 285
Chapter 6 Gobetti, Gobettiani and Antifascist Turin: Echoes of History in Italy’s More Recent Past The late 1950s and 1960s saw the emergence both of a less politicised Gobetti, and of a figure with a more inclusive symbolic power who was being introduced to new generations of Italians on a wider scale than ever before. Although his name still sparked old Cold War tensions from time to time, journalists and intellectuals made less openly political use of it in the press than in the late 1940s and 1950s, and regular references in the media to Gobetti declined. At the same time he was introduced to wider audiences through the use of new media, from exhibitions and plays, to television documentaries. These were largely a result the ef forts of the Centro Studi Piero Gobetti (CSPG), founded in 1961. The 1960s also saw the publication of several new editions of Gobetti’s works, as well as the compilation of his complete works in three volumes by Einaudi, so that his ideas were made accessible to a new generation. The ef forts of the CSPG kept Gobetti’s name at the fore in the early and mid-1960s, particularly in the Turin daily La Stampa, but despite the ef forts to bring his story and ideas to a new generation of Italians, the late 1960s were marked by a surprising lack of engagement with Gobetti by the student protesters and New Left groups. Gobetti’s story of generational revolt, his refusal to conform to any particular...
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