TitleFare la libertà, fare la storia
NameLaPenta, Kathleen (author), Leake, Elizabeth (chair), Gambarota, Paola (co-chair), Baldi, Andrea (internal member), Riall, Lucy (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Sicily (Italy)--In literature,
Sicily (Italy)--In motion pictures,
Sicily (Italy)--Politics and government--1815-1870,
Sicily (Italy)--Social conditions
DescriptionThis dissertation explores the intertextuality of the literary and cinematic versions of the 1860 uprising in Bronte, Sicily, and the trial of the peasants three years later. Taking into consideration the historical approach, which has attempted to retell, justify or explain the events surrounding the uprising in Bronte, my research focuses on the literary, historical and cinematic texts by authors and artists such as Giovanni Verga (1882), Benedetto Radice (1910), Leonardo Sciascia (1960, 1963) and by Florestano Vancini (1972). By analyzing the relationships between the different versions of this story, I illustrate how these narratives have shaped the residual tensions generated by conflicting perceptions of the events. These reconstructions, which span from 1882 to 2002, reflect a compulsive tendency to narrate a moment of revolt and repression that has become an emblem of the troubled foundations of the Italian nation and, more broadly speaking, they contemplate the points of contact between historical and literary texts and the role of each in constructing our notions of the past.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Kathleen LaPenta
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.