Stereotypical representations of the Mezzogiorno are a chronic characteristic of Italian tradition in any respect degrees. In Darkest Italy, John Dickie analyzes those stereotypes within the post-Unification interval, whilst the Mezzogiorno was once extensively noticeable as barbaric, violent or irrational, an "Africa" at the ecu continent. while, this can be the instant while the Mezzogiorno turned a metaphor for the nation of the rustic as an entire, the index of Italy s modernity. Dickie argues that those stereotypes, instead of being a symptom of the flaws of nationwide identification in Italy, have been truly quintessential to the best way Italy s bourgeoisie imagined themselves as Italian. Drawing on contemporary theories of Otherness and nationwide identification, Dickie brings a brand new gentle to an incredible and well-established zone of Italian background - the connection among the South and the country as a complete.
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