This book brings together literary critics, political historians, historians of literature, cinema and theatre and cultural sociologists, to elucidate a fundamental area of enquiry into modern Italian history: the nature and scope of relations between the state and the cultural sphere.
Part I: Mapping the Field 1. State, Culture, Censorship: An Introduction 2. How Exceptional were Culture-State Relations in Twentieth-Century Italy? Part II: The Fascist State and Culture 3. The Fascist Anthropological Revolution 4. Mussolini and the Italian Intellectuals 5. L’Italia vera. Culture and the State in an Anti-Fascist Exile Journal Part III: Fascist Censorship 6. Fascist Censorship and Non-Fascist Literary Circles 7. Women and Censorship in Fascist Italy: From Mura to Paola Masino 8. Theatrical Censorship in Italy during the Fascist Period 9. A Micro-History of State Censorship in Italy, 1931–39: The Case of Henry Furst Part IV: From Fascism to Democracy: Transitions and Memories 10. Hollywood, Italy and the First World War: Italian Reactions to Film Versions of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms 11. Anti-Fascism and Literary Criticism in Postwar Italy: Revisiting the mito americano 12. The Italian State and the Resistance Legacy in the 1950s and 1960s Part V: Archive and Memory: A Case Study 13. Ignazio Silone and the Politics of 'Archive Malice' 14. The Double Bind of Ignazio Silone: Between Archive and Hagiography Part VI: Postwar Italy: Television, Theatre, Cinema, Media 15. Television and Censorship: Preliminary Research Notes 16. Dario Fo, Franca Rame and the Censors 17. Film and the Anni di piombo: Representations of Politically-Motivated Violence in Recent Italian Cinema 18. Censorship in the Time of Berlusconi