Memory of Captivity in 20th and 21st Century Italian Culture
Italy has coped with diverse forms of captivity. From Fascist political confinement, WWII internment, ideological abductions in the years of lead, asylums, rehabilitating marriage, ransom kidnappings by banditry and organized crime, to today’s temporary camps for migrants, the country has conveniently celebrated these captives or excluded them from its official memory or policies. This panel investigates how through life and self-writing, media coverage, and visual and literary adaptations of captivity, individual memories have been able to question Italy’s national memory and identity; to shape public opinion and the law; and to redefine the genre of testimony within the Italian tradition.
We seek papers that look at memories of captivity in a broad range of cultural production and from different historical and theoretical approaches. Please send a 150-200 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requests to the session organizers by December 1st, 2019.
Elena Bellina, University of Rochester (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alessandra Montalbano, University of Alabama (email@example.com)