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Remembering fascism: Polyphony and its absence in contemporary Italian-Scottish and Italian-Welsh narrative

Wren-Owens, Elizabeth Anne 2015. Remembering fascism: Polyphony and its absence in contemporary Italian-Scottish and Italian-Welsh narrative. Journal of Romance Studies 15 (1) , pp. 73-90. 10.3828/jrs.15.1.73

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Abstract

This article brings together recent scholarship on the re-memorializing of World War Two and fascism across Europe, particularly in the Italian context, and historical analysis of the British-Italian experience of the war and preceding growth of fascism. Building on Ugolini's 2011 questioning of whether the Italian-Scottish community has been romanticized, it proposes a new line of inquiry into the ways in which the changing memories are articulated in cultural production, focusing on a comparative analysis of Italian-Welsh and Italian-Scottish writing in a sustained way for the first time. Drawing on Bakhtin's (2002) concepts of polyphony and heteroglossia, the article analyses whether the voices which populate recent texts permit the emergence of a multiplicity of languages and ideologies, challenging the dominant narrative of the British-Italian experience of interwar fascistization and World War Two that has prevailed since 1945.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
ISSN: 1473-3536
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 17:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/73445

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