Narrating the Nation

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

in Fascist Modernities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223639
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938052 | DOI:
Narrating the Nation

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This chapter examines the ways in which literature participated in Benito Mussolini's regeneration campaign and in the creation of a distinctly Italian and fascist model of modernity. Certainly, not all Italian writers and critics accepted the regime's claim to represent the nation, and few advocated an overtly political literature. Yet most of them shared the dictatorship's desire to foster the production of modern, identifiably national novels and stories that could be exported abroad. They also helped disseminate the moral and spiritual values of Mussolini's revolution that would contribute to the cause of collective transformation.

Keywords: literature; regeneration campaign; fascist model; modernity; Benito Mussolini; political literature; national novels; collective transformation

Chapter.  10103 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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