This book traces how the experience and legacies of terrorism have determined the form and content of Italian cultural production. It helps to understand how political violence was expressed, symbolized and analysed at different rhetorical, philosophical and linguistic levels.
Introduction Part I: Narrative Models of Political Violence 1. Killing the Father: Politics and Intellectuals, Utopia and Disillusion 2. Narratives of Sacrifice: Pasolini and Moro 3. Moro, Brescia, Conspiracy: The Paranoid Style in Italian Cinema 4. Through the Lens of Trauma: The Figure of the Female Terrorist in Il prigioniero and Buongiorno, notte Part II: Genres of Terror 5. Television and Terrorism in Italy: Sergio Zavoli’s La notte della repubblica 6. Screening Terror: Political Terrorism in Italian Cinema 7. Lo stupro by Franca Rame: Political Violence and Political Theatre Part III: The Rhetoric of Violence 8. The Rule of Which Law? The Use of Legal Language in the Rhetoric of the anni di piombo 9. A (Conceptual) History of Violence: The Case of the Italian Extreme Left in the 1970s 10. Narrative Models of Political Violence: Vicarious Experience and ‘Violentization’ in 1970s Italy 11. Contested Memories: Milan and Piazza Fontana 12. Memorialization without Memory: The Case of Aldo Moro 13. Political Violence, stragismo and ‘Civil War’: An Analysis of the Self-Narratives of Three Neofascist Protagonists 14. Self-Narratives of the anni di piombo: Testimonies of the Political Exiles in France