Staging Memory: Myth, Symbolism and Identity in Postcolonial Italy and Libya

Staging Memory: Myth, Symbolism and Identity in Postcolonial Italy and Libya

by Stefania Del Monte


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631661253
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 06/11/2015
Pages: 133
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stefania Del Monte is a writer, journalist and communication specialist with extensive international experience. She holds a Masters Degree by Research from Royal Holloway University of London and a BA in Communication and Political Sciences.

Table of Contents

Contents: Postcolonial Memory – Italy – Libya – Italian studies – Libyan studies – Myth – Symbolism – Identity – Gaddafi – Omar Mukhtar – The Green Book – Censorship – Political studies – Cultural studies – Italiani brava gente – Tobino – Monicelli – Fagih – Wak Wak – History – Media – International relations – Lion of the Desert.

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