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Gold and Dust: Hybridity, Postmodernism and the Legacy of Neapolitan Narrative

Alex Marlow-Mann

in New Neapolitan Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640669
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651214 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640669.003.0005
Gold and Dust: Hybridity, Postmodernism and the Legacy of Neapolitan Narrative

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Antonio Capuano's Polvere di Napoli (The Dust of Naples, 1998) explicitly invites interpretation in relation to one of the key representations of Naples — Giuseppe Marotta's collection of stories, L'oro di Napoli/The Gold of Naples and Vittorio De Sica's 1954 film adaptation of the same name. Indeed, the opening caption deliberately enters into dialogue with De Sica's uncritical celebration of napoletanità. This chapter discusses hybridity, postmodernism and the legacy of the Neapolitan narrative. It addresses the legacy of traditional Neapolitan culture by evoking the conventions of the sceneggiata and the Neapolitan Formula (NF), and by posing the question of what relevance such cultural forms could possibly have for a modern audience. Just as the former tendency was prefigured by Immacolata e Concetta, the latter is anticipated by a more or less contemporaneous film, the German-Italian coproduction Nel regno di Napoli/Neapolitanische Geschichten/The Kingdom of Naples (1979, Werner Schroeter).

Keywords: Antonio Capuano; The Dust of Naples; The Gold of Naples; Vittorio De Sica; napoletanità; hybridity; postmodernism; Neapolitan narrative; sceneggiata; Neapolitan Formula

Chapter.  21266 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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