Volume 49, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0035-3906
  • E-ISSN: 1600-0811
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The discussion on Italian identity has recently been brought to the attention of the public opinion in Italy as an outcome of the so-called “fine della prima Repubblica” (“end of the first Republic”). Literary identity has soon become a core issue, in order to promote a reflection on the idea of Italy independently of its political unity. This essay aims to reconstruct the various positions pro and contra the hypothesis of a literary identity, which can be seen, on the one hand, as an outcome of Risorgimento and Fascist propaganda, but also, on the other hand, as a means to overcome political divides and develop a shared rather than ethnical community.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Italian literature; Italy; national identity; Postwar Italy; Risorgimento
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