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Staging Memory

Myth, Symbolism and Identity in Postcolonial Italy and Libya

Stefania Del Monte

Memory in postcolonial Italy and Libya has been used, reinterpreted and staged by political powers and the media. This book investigates the roots of myth, colonial amnesia and censorship in postwar Italy, as well as Colonel Gaddafi’s deliberate use of rituals, symbols, and the colonial past to shape national identity in Libya. The argument is sustained by case studies ranging among film, documentary, literature and art, shedding new light on how memory has been treated in the two postcolonial societies examined. The last part briefly analyses the identity transformation process in the new Libya.
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Image 1 (p. 58): Soldier Sanna sharing bread with local children (Source: Snapshot from The Desert Roses).

Image 2 (p. 78): Gaddafi’s eclectic dressing style (Source:

← 113 | 114 → Image 3 (p. 78): Gaddafi’s female bodyguards (Source:

Image 4 (p. 79): Gaddafi in Rome with Mukhtar‘s photo pinned on his chest (Source:

← 114 | 115 → Image 5 (p. 88): Gaddafi illustrating his idea of Socialism – (Source: Snapshot from ‘La Storia Siamo Noi’).

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