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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

British Academy Lecture:‘Transnational Italian Culture and the Ghosts of Empire’

7th May 2019, 18:30 to 19:45, British Academy, London, Professor Charles Burdett

In this lecture, Charles Burdett argues that our understanding of modern Italian culture needs always to take account of the traces left by past instances of mobility. More specifically he will consider the course of Italian expansionism both immediately before and during the twenty years (1922-43) in which the Fascist regime was in power in Italy, and the legacy of this period in works of literary and visual culture, in examples of the built environment and within enduring attitudes towards other cultures and people. He suggests how we can become aware of the proximity of the colonial world and how the spectre of the past can infiltrate and disturb the present.

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