Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives

By Stefania Lucamante

© 2020

Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives analyses the role of passion – particularly indignation – and how it shapes intention and inspires the work of many contemporary Italian writers and filmmakers. Noting how art often holds the power to shed light on issues surrounding inequity, inequality, and injustice, the book explores the ethical function of art as a tool in resistance and sociopolitical protest, thereby validating the axiom that ethics and aesthetics can still collaborate in the creation of meaning. Drawing on a range of Italian novels and films and examining the works of artists such as Tiziano Scarpa, Simona Vinci, Paolo Sorrentino, and Monica Stambrini, the author shows that anger can be used constructively as a weapon of resistance against negative and oppressive forces.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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This book examines the many ways in which anger and indignation shape authorial intentions and determine the products of contemporary Italian artists.

Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives

By Stefania Lucamante

© 2020

Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives analyses the role of passion – particularly indignation – and how it shapes intention and inspires the work of many contemporary Italian writers and filmmakers. Noting how art often holds the power to shed light on issues surrounding inequity, inequality, and injustice, the book explores the ethical function of art as a tool in resistance and sociopolitical protest, thereby validating the axiom that ethics and aesthetics can still collaborate in the creation of meaning. Drawing on a range of Italian novels and films and examining the works of artists such as Tiziano Scarpa, Simona Vinci, Paolo Sorrentino, and Monica Stambrini, the author shows that anger can be used constructively as a weapon of resistance against negative and oppressive forces.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Stefania Lucamante displays an impressive erudition. The range of philosophical, theoretical, and critical texts cited and alluded to is wide."
    Eugenio Bolongaro, Department of Italian Studies, McGill University

    "Stefania Lucamante provides a very original and insightful work, based on rigorous scholarship and critical finesse. With an impressive critical apparatus, Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives is an important contribution to the study of contemporary Italian narrative and cinema. It also represents a theoretically vigorous call for art’s ethical responsibility in the context of today’s populist rage, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia."
    Gian-Maria Annovi, Department of French and Italian, University of Southern California
  • Author Information

    Stefania Lucamante is a professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at The Catholic University of America.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Abbreviations

    Introduction

    Part I. Anger and Commitment in the Narratives of Tiziano Scarpa

    1. Pasolini’s La rabbia and the Spectacularization of Scarpa’s Posthuman Aesthetics

    2. An Apocalyptic Kamikaze: Tiziano Scarpa or How to Invade the Reader

    3. The Fundamental Things in Life According to Scarpa

    Part II. Anger and Spaces of Vulnerability in the Narratives of Melania Mazzucco and Monica Stambrini

    4. Melania Mazzucco’s Un giorno perfetto: Domestic Violence on an Everyday Perfect Day

    5. Pushing Boundaries: Road Movies and Gas Stations in Monica Stambrini’s Benzina

    Part III. Anger and Spaces of Otherness in the Narratives of Paolo Sorrentino, Simona Vinci, and Veronica Tomassini

    6. A Recipe for the Advantages and Disadvantages of Love: Anger and Misogyny in Paolo Sorrentino's The Consequences of Love

    7. Society, Simulacra, and Love: Simona Vinci’s Stanza 411

    8. Wounding the Individual: Dynamics of Diversity and Anatomy of Love in Veronica Tomassini’s Sangue di Cane

    Afterword
    Notes
    Works Cited
    Index

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