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Italian Cultural Studies: An Introduction [Hardcover]

David Forgacs , Robert Lumley

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1 Sep 1996
This is an up-to-date, illustrated introduction to the study of modern Italian culture containing nineteen chapters by specialists in the field of language, politics, religious, ethnic, and gender identities, the mass media, cultural policy, and stars. Adopting a unique and accessible interdisciplinary focus, Italian Cultural Studies: An Introduction presents a variety of new perspectives on modern Italian culture. Each of the four parts explore diverse aspects of culture in Italy. 'Geographies' questions received notions of the Italian nation, the family, the 'South' and corruption; it also looks at anthropological approaches to culture and at Italy's linguistic pluralism. 'Identities' examines gender, religion, politics, and ethnicity as a means with which people define themselves and others. 'Media' explores the press, literature, television, and cinema. 'Culture and Society' brings together historical analyses of cultural policy, stars and style, and popular music. Each part is followed by sample analyses of visual materials and includes guidance on further reading. A chronology of political and cultural events since 1900 is also provided. This book is intended for students, teachers, and general readers of modern Italian culture.

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... for those unfamiliar with contemporary Italy, this is a lucid and lively introduction. Mabel Berezin, University of California, Los Angeles; American Jnl of Sociology March 1998

I have the highest praise for this book. Its design is unique for a book that is so accessible and useful to students ... The book's articles cover a variety of subjects that, until now, have often been treated poorly (if at all) in English-Language publications. I am confident that this work will be of great interest to scholars and students in many disciplines. (George Ferzoco, University of Exeter) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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David D. Forgacs is a Fellow of Gonville and Caius and University Lecturer in Italian at Cambridge University. Robert R. Lumley is Lecturer in Italian Studies at University College, London --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 6 May 2007
By Alan G. Hartman - Published on Amazon.com
This text is an excellent resource on contemporary Italy. It is well organized and one of the best academic sources on Italian culture written in English today.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cultural discombobulation 2 May 2008
By James R. Colwell - Published on Amazon.com
This book makes no sense and jumps around from everywhere. If you do not have any background knowledge on cultural contemporary Italy this book will just be a confusing blur. I personally have, had to read this book for my class and understand the underlying meanings it has portrayed. The use of language and lack of translated words makes this book even more confusing. I could understand if you have a good background in this type of literature it would be a good read. This book just jumps around a bit too much one paragraph they are talking about Naples and then the next chapter, it talks about rivers and how Italy varies from North to South.
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