The View from Vesuvius (Paperback)
Italian Culture and the Southern Question (Studies on the History of Society and Culture #46)
University of California Press, 9780520248267, 368pp.
Publication Date: May 17, 2006
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Moe examines an exciting range of unfamiliar texts and visual representations including travel writing, political discourse, literary texts, and etchings to illuminate the imaginative geography that shaped the divide between north and south. His narrative moves from a broad examination of the representation of the south in European culture to close readings of the literary works of Leopardi and Giovanni Verga. This groundbreaking investigation into the origins of the modern vision of the Mezzogiorno is made all the more urgent by the emergence of separatism in Italy in the 1990s.