Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9780859897365 Published January 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9780859897372 Published January 2004 For sale in North and South America only

Italian Cityscapes

Culture and urban change in contemporary Italy

Edited by Robert Lumley and John Foot

Edited by Robert Lumley and John Foot

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

244 pages | 9-7/10 x 6-7/10 | © 2004
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9780859897365 Published January 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9780859897372 Published January 2004 For sale in North and South America only
This book examines the transformation of the Italian city from the 1950s to the present with particular attention to questions of identity, migration and changes in urban culture. It focuses on two phases of that transformation: the years of accelerated industrialisation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the period of de-industrialisation and postmodernity beginning in the 1980s.
It shows how major demographic movements and cultural shifts threw into relief new conceptions of the city whose old boundaries had become problematic. Design, fine art, literature, youth culture, film and social history all provide focal points. The contributions bring specialist expertise to each area, while the extensive illustrations give a vivid picture of the contemporary visual culture for which Italian cities are famed.
This is a genuinely interdisciplinary approach by Italian and English-speaking historians and scholars of urban studies, literature, architecture and design which introduces new debates and research to an English-speaking audience for the first time. Extensive illustrations provide a vivid picture of contemporary Italian visual culture.
Martin Brown
“An innovative collection of essays by an impressive range of contributors.  There is a need for this book.  It will have several audiences and a wide ‘cross-over’ appeal.” –Martin Brown, Senior Lecturer in History, Staffordshire University
List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Illustration Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Signposts: An Introduction
Robert Lumley and John Foot
Part I: Overview
1. Through the Looking-Glass: Research on the Italian City in Historical Perspective
Sergio Pace
Part II: Migration: Old Cities, New Identities
2. The Two Waves: Milan as a City of Immigration, 1955-1995
Gianfranco Petrillo
3. Revisiting the Coree. Self Construction, Memory and Immigration on the Milanese Periphery, 1950-2000
John Foot
4. Immigration, Nationalism and Exclusionary Understandings of Place in Turin
Laura Maritano
Part III: Urban Renewal and Troubled Modernity
5. Architectural Utopias and La Nuova Dimensione: Turin in the 1960s
Mary Louise Lobsinger
6. Architecture and Modernity in Post-war Milan
Halldora Arnardottir
7. Turin after Arte Povera: A New City of Art?
Robert Lumley
8. Contested Claims to Public Space: The Re-imaging of Naples and the Case of Piazza Plebiscito
Nicholas Dines
Part IV: Urban Fictions: "High" and "Low"
9. Calvino in Turin: Writer and Editor
Claudia Nocentini
10. Crime and the City in the Detective Fiction of Giorgio Scerbanenco
Guiliana Pieri
11. Imaginary Cities: Space and Identity in Italian Literature of Immigration
Sandra Ponzanesi
Part V: Grey Zones: Cinema and the City
12. Scenarios of Modernity: Youth Culture in 1950s Milan
Enrica Capussotti
13. Palermo in the Films of Cipri and Maresco
Abele Longo
14. Adriati-citta: Notes on a Post-industrial Landscape
Pippo Ciorra
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