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IMAGES (V) – Images of (Cultural) Values

The Conference Proceedings

Edited By Veronika Bernard

This collection of articles offers readers a cross-section of current research on contemporary and historical concepts and representations of (cultural) values as documented in popular culture, public space, the arts, works of literature and in ethnic contexts. The contributors to this volume are from the US, Algeria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Austria. Their very different cultural, ideological, scientific, academic and non-academic perspectives and backgrounds allow insights from many different viewpoints.
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Simonetta Milli Konewko (Milwaukee, USA) - Images of Work in Collodi’s Pinocchio

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Simonetta Milli Konewko

Images of Work in Collodi’s Pinocchio

Abstract Work has long been considered by intellectuals to be an integral part of self-representation and culture. This study examines images of work and uses the emotion of shame to highlight its significance.

Arbeit wurde lange Zeit von Intellektuellen als integraler Anteil von Selbstdarstellung und Kultur betrachtet. Diese Studie untersucht Bilder der Arbeit und greift auf das Gefühl der Scham zurück, um deren Bedeutung zu beleuchten.

1 Introduction

Work seems to be the key word of the last political campaigns in Italy. The question is how to make the economy function again. Banca d’Italia communicated that the year 2013 had been a very difficult year for Italians. Unemployment had increased and the economy had very slowly grown, only toward the end of the summer.1 After two years, the system is still not working for multiple reasons, but several theorists accentuate the importance of legislation that regulates the ethical aspect of work and retrieves integrity among the political class. Over the years the Mediterranean culture has recognized the values of honor and shame as fundamental elements of its civilization. Barton, Horden and Purcell’s studies offer strong demonstration of this.2 Legitimizing the principles of this ancestral tradition, Carlo Lorenzini/Collodi3 wrote The Adventures of Pinocchio, enriching it with these values. Collodi’s masterpiece appeared for the first time in Giornale ← 77 | 78 → per i bambini from 1881 to 1883, but...

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