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‘Comunicare con il popolo’: Novel, Drama, and Music in Mazzini’s Work

Carlotta Sorba

in Giuseppe Mazzini and the Globalization of Democratic Nationalism, 1830-1920

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264317
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264317.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘Comunicare con il popolo’: Novel, Drama, and Music in Mazzini’s Work

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This chapter observes and relocates the role of the arts in Mazzini's political reflections, seeing in it a kind of prelude to the aesthetic dimension of politics generally explored in the 20th century. Through a close analysis of his large output of literary and musical criticism (1826–44), it shows how the language of the arts, and especially drama as ‘the social art par excellence’, was considered by the Italian thinker to be the main means to communicate to the public – in a forceful and emotional way – political and national goals. Mazzini believed that, in the specific case of Italy, opera, with its active power to move, thrill, and provoke enthusiasm in Italian theatres, could play a crucial political role.

Keywords: arts; literary criticism; musical criticism; opera

Chapter.  7925 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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