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Tabucchi's brutal empires

Wren-Owens, Elizabeth Anne 2007. Tabucchi's brutal empires. Modern language review 102 (3) , pp. 723-736.

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Abstract

This article charts the dramatic shift in Antonio Tabucchi's representation of Portuguese empire, from a romanticized, Eurocentric depiction of imperialism in the 1984 text Notturno indiano to a portrayal of a brutal and repressive empire in his 1991 collection L'angelo nero and his 1997 novel La testa perduta di Damasceno Monteiro. This abrupt change is located within the historiographical debates regarding empire which took place in Italy and Portugal from the 1970s onwards, and it is suggested that such a shift may be usefully viewed against the reassessment of Italian colonialism which occurred in Italy in the 1990s.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antonio Tabucchi ; Portuguese empire ; Notturno indiano ; L'angelo nero ; La testa perduta di Damasceno Monteiro ; historiographical debates regarding empire ; Italy and Portugal ; Reassessment of Italian colonialism
Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
ISSN: 0026-7937
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:51
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3585

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