The Pen is Mightier than the Bomb: Representations of Right-wing Terrorism in Fictional Works. Public Deposited

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  • Sguerri, Michael
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • This dissertation investigates the representation of the neo-fascist terrorist in Italian literature and cinema. In Italy, very few novels and cinematic works deal directly with Right-wing terrorism during the Seventies and early Eighties, and, as a result, very few scholarly works examine the representation of Right-wing political violence in fiction. In my dissertation, through an analysis of novels, autobiographies, and films devoted to neo-fascist terrorism in Italy, I seek to fill this gap. This study focuses primarily on Ferdinando Camon and Carlo Castellaneta’s novels, autobiographies penned by ex- terrorists, and films depicting Right-wing terrorism. In my dissertation, I will attempt to interpret neo-fascist terrorism as an effort to immunize the country against the Communist threat in Italy. Through the placing of bombs in public places, and the attempt to place the blame on Left-wing subversive organizations, neo-fascist terrorist organizations wanted to create a reaction that would weaken the Communist party and that would turn public opinion against the Left. Using the notion of neo-fascist terrorism as an attempt to immunize the country, in my dissertation I will analyze how the themes of immunization and purity are key features found in political and ideological works written by Right-wing ideologues, such as Julius Evola and Franco Freda, and in fictional works devoted to the representation of neo- fascist terrorism.
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  • Rao, Ennio
  • Cervigni, Dino S.
  • Dainotto, Roberto
  • Chambless, Amy
  • Luisetti, Federico
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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