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Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture


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Selected contents: Agnelli family anti-fascism Benetton censorship Cicciolina, La coffee Dolce and Gabbana earthquakes Eco, Umberto Fellini, Federico Fiat gay writing lotteries marriage monarchists Olivetti patron saints pop and rock music postmodernsim Rossellinni, Roberto sculpture volleyball Zanussi

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Gino Moliterno has written extensively in the fields of comparative literature, film studies and Italian studies. He is a lecturer in Italian Film Studies at the Australian National University.


An abecedarian volume edited by Moliterno (formerly Italian studies, Australian National Univ.), this thorough, expansive reference book focuses on post$World War II Italian culture. Entries, which range from fotoromanzo (photo romance story), poetry, and polenta to film director and art critic Valerio Zurlini and noted conductor Claudio Abbado, are amply cross referenced. For example, the entry for Forza Italia (FI), the conservative political party founded in 1994, explains that the name (translated as Go Italy) was derived from a slogan for Italy!s national soccer team, Forza Azzura. It then goes on to reference its founder, media mogul Silvio Berlusconi; his corporation, Finivest, which owns a publishing house, a soccer team, and many of Italy!s newspapers; and the various right-wing parties that allied themselves with FI. (Like all entries, this one offers books and articles for further reading.) An entry on Pier Paolo Pasolini, the famous filmmaker, poet, and novelist, guides readers to several other novelists and film directors of Pasolini!s time and to a section on neorealism and the tumultuous student movement of the 1960s (which, surprisingly, the left-wing Pasolini thought of as senseless). While most entries are brief and the majority deal with people, the book devotes substantial space to such topics as the eternal Southern Question. With more than 1000 entries, this title makes an excellent bookend to The Italian American Experience (LJ 2/1/00). Recommended for all libraries."Mark Rotella, Jersey City, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

'While accessible to the general reader, this unique work serves as a gateway for any scholar delving into the world of modern Italian culture. It is highly recommended. - American Reference Books Annual

'As a source of reference this new Routledge encyclopedia is indispensable. Furthermore it should be studied by all those who influence policy in the fields of politics, commerce and public opinion, for it provides insights into the richness and complexity of life in contemporary Italy.'- Rivista

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