The Sicilian rural world was widely represented since the Italian Risorgimento, when the intellectual class “discovered” and gave value to il popolo, in line with the idea of a unified Italy. However, at the same time, these representations hid ideological exploitations, often with the aim of controlling the subaltern classes in order to justify their repression by the state. Today, the rural world seems to have entered into the realm of repressed memory.
Papers can address different questions such as: how has the rural world changed in Sicily? how was it used for ideological purposes? what is the relationship between intellectuals, writers, and directors who represented it and the people who lived in it as represented? Or they can be focused on a single author, e.g. Verga, Capuana, Navarro della Miraglia, Consolo, Tornatore, Crialese.
By June 30, 2012, please submit abstracts of 250-300 words in English or Italian to Anita Virga, University of Connecticut, at email@example.com.
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