Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture

Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post–World War II Italian Culture deals with films, poetry, fiction, architecture, autobiographical writing, and social media, to discuss cultural memory and hence, transforming cultures. The book is divided into three sections that analyze Italian culture from World War II to the present: cultural transmissions, fractured memories, and nostalgia. Through a variety of perspectives, the chapters  present a vision of memory transmission that emphasises empowerment, resilience, and agency—individual or collective—as key concepts for approaching and understanding present and future.



Publishers’ website:–World-War-II-Italian-Culture



Section I: Memory as Cultural Transmission

  1. Calvino, Eco and the Transmission of World Literature, Martin McLaughlin
  2. Montale’s Xenia: Between Myth and Poetic Tradition, Adele Bardazzi
  3. Repressed Memory and Traumatic History in Alberto Moravia’s The Woman of Rome, Charles L. Leavitt IV
  4. Reconstructing the Maternal: Transmission of Memory, Cultural Translation and Transnational Identity in Igiaba Scego’s La mia casa è dove sono, Maria Cristina Seccia

Section II: Trauma and Divided Memory

  1. At the Edge. Divided Memory on Italy’s Borders. The Case of Trieste and the Foibe di Basovizza, John Foot
  2. Remembering War. Memory and History in Claudio Magris’s Blameless, Sandra Parmegiani
  3. Blood, Sand and Stone: Trieste’s Transcultural Memories, Katia Pizzi
  4. The Trauma of Liberation: Rape, Love and Violence in Wartime Italy, David W. Ellwood
  5. Between Past and Present, Self and Other: Liminality and the Transmission of Traumatic Memory in Elena Ferrante’s La figlia oscura, Torunn Haaland

Section III: Memory as Nostalgia

  1. Mother-Daughter Nostalgia in the Abruzzi of Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Patrizia Sambuco
  2. A Future Without Nostalgia. Remembering Second-wave Feminism in Mia madre femminista and Fra me e te, Andrea Hajek
  3. Transnational Nostalgia in an All-Female Italian Facebook Group and Cooking Blog, Incoronata (Nadia) Inserra