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11th September 2001: the Italian writers’ response

Ania, G 2012, '11th September 2001: the Italian writers’ response' , Modern Italy, 17 (1) . (In Press)

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One month after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, the Corriere della sera published an article on the possible future consequences for literature of this horrific event. Some novelists boldly declared their work would not be affected at all, while others observed that their literary visions and perspectives were already responses to life’s tragic aspects. Several writers confessed to wondering, at least initially, whether literature henceforth could continue to have any real sense. Ten years on, this essay examines the nature of the Italian response. It looks firstly at the views of those writers who expressed opinions directly to the press or in essay form, and then at a small number of novels (by Tullio Avoledo, Marisa Bulgheroni and Tiziana Rinaldi Castro) and short stories (by Andrea Piva, Andrej Longo and Andrea Cannobio) which have embraced the theme, and which have done so in ways that reinforce the sense of an underlying political and/or cultural aesthetic. Connections between twenty-first-century reactions to 9/11 and the Italian experience or memory of political terrorism and war will be explored, as well as the question of inspiration for novelists, in the particular context of catastrophe or trauma.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Journal or Publication Title: Modern Italy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1353-2944
Depositing User: GF Ania
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 10:49
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2013 00:38

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