Journal of Romance Studies

Remembering fascism

Polyphony and its absence in contemporary Italian-Scottish and Italian-Welsh narrative

Journal of Romance Studies (2015), 15, (1), 73–90.

Abstract

This article brings together recent scholarship on the re-memorializing of World War Two and fascism across Europe, particularly in the Italian context, and historical analysis of the British-Italian experience of the war and preceding growth of fascism. Building on Ugolini’s 2011 questioning of whether the Italian-Scottish community has been romanticized, it proposes a new line of inquiry into the ways in which the changing memories are articulated in cultural production, focusing on a comparative analysis of Italian-Welsh and Italian-Scottish writing in a sustained way for the first time. Drawing on Bakhtin’s (2002) concepts of polyphony and heteroglossia, the article analyses whether the voices which populate recent texts permit the emergence of a multiplicity of languages and ideologies, challenging the dominant narrative of the British-Italian experience of interwar fascistization and World War Two that has prevailed since 1945.

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