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Pinocchio Effect On Making Italians, 1860-1920

ISBN-10: 0226774481

ISBN-13: 9780226774480

Edition: 2007

Authors: Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg

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Soon after the disparate states of the Italian peninsula unified in the 1860s to create a single nation, the nationalist Massimo D’Azeglio is said to have remarked, “We have made Italy, now we have to make Italians.”The Pinocchio Effectdraws on a remarkably broad array of sources to trace this making of a modern national identity in Italy, a subject that remains strikingly understudied in the English-speaking world of Italian studies. Taking as her guiding metaphor the character of Pinocchio—a national icon made famous in 1881 by the eponymous children’s book—Susan Stewart-Steinberg argues that just like the renowned puppet, modern Italians were caught in a complex interplay between freely chosen submission and submission demanded by an outside force. In doing so, she explores all the ways that identity was constructed through newly formed attachments, voluntary and otherwise, to the young nation. Featuring deft readings of the period’s most important Italian cultural and social thinkers—including the theorist of mass psychology Scipio Sighele, the authors Matilde Serao and Edmondo De Amicis, the criminologist Cesare Lombroso, and the pedagogue Maria Montessori—Stewart-Steinberg’s richly multidisciplinary book will set a new standard in Italian studies.
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.30" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies at Brown University.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Pinocchio Effect: On Autonomy and Influence
The Secret Power of Suggestion: Scipio Sighele's Succubal Subject
The Queen and the Deputy: The Representative Politics of Matilde Serao's La Conquista di Roma
Love's Gravity: The Perverse Gymnastics of Edmondo De Amicis
An Unwritable Law of Maternal Love: The Infanticide Debate
In a Dark Continent: Cesare Lombroso's Other Italy
Social Maria: The Scientific Feminism of Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori: The Writing Subject
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index