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The new Italian noir: from modernism to postmodernism?

Agnieszka Domaradzka

Abstract

The aim of the present dissertation is to present the Italian noir fiction of the last decade of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The work attempts to place it in a wider cultural context. The fuzzy boundaries are one of the characteristic features of the contemporary noir fiction. Consequently, the starting point of the present analysis is the philosophical idea of “family resemblance” developed by Ludwig Wittgenstein. The concept enables one to more accurately capture the vague categories on the basis of certain characteristics that are not necessarily obligatory, but rather coalesce freely. Furthermore, the dissertation covers the successive characteristics of the new noir fiction in Italy, such as the form, the stereotypical roles of its characters, the themes that appear when the crime is being depicted, the spatial and temporal dimensions of the works, the particular style and language of the writers, and, finally, the so called “liquid realism” (G. Magini and V. Santoni in reference to Z. Bauman). The “liquid realism” combines two apparently contradictory qualities: the realistic tendency and the desire to portray the “postreality” dominated by the mass media. Hence, the dissertation builds on such assumptions as the idea of ascertaining the distinctive features of the new Italian noir so as to determine the spirit of the age it expresses: modernism, where it was born, or postmodernism, where it is developed. The contemporary Italian noir fiction appears to reflect the tendencies the present age, in which it originates, as well as the former literary currents that shape its today’s form.
Record ID
UAMc0917fa43c82498a9da1b2e26f627db1
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Agnieszka Domaradzka (SNoJiL/WN/ZLW) Agnieszka Domaradzka,,
Title in Polish
Nowa włoska literatura noir: od modernizmu do postmodernizmu?
Title in English
The new Italian noir: from modernism to postmodernism?
Language
it Italian
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures (SNoJiL/WN/FoMLaL)
Discipline
literary studies / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Defense Date
17-12-2012
End date
17-12-2012
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/4024 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Noir; Modernism; Postmodernism; Prose
Abstract in English
The aim of the present dissertation is to present the Italian noir fiction of the last decade of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The work attempts to place it in a wider cultural context. The fuzzy boundaries are one of the characteristic features of the contemporary noir fiction. Consequently, the starting point of the present analysis is the philosophical idea of “family resemblance” developed by Ludwig Wittgenstein. The concept enables one to more accurately capture the vague categories on the basis of certain characteristics that are not necessarily obligatory, but rather coalesce freely. Furthermore, the dissertation covers the successive characteristics of the new noir fiction in Italy, such as the form, the stereotypical roles of its characters, the themes that appear when the crime is being depicted, the spatial and temporal dimensions of the works, the particular style and language of the writers, and, finally, the so called “liquid realism” (G. Magini and V. Santoni in reference to Z. Bauman). The “liquid realism” combines two apparently contradictory qualities: the realistic tendency and the desire to portray the “postreality” dominated by the mass media. Hence, the dissertation builds on such assumptions as the idea of ascertaining the distinctive features of the new Italian noir so as to determine the spirit of the age it expresses: modernism, where it was born, or postmodernism, where it is developed. The contemporary Italian noir fiction appears to reflect the tendencies the present age, in which it originates, as well as the former literary currents that shape its today’s form.
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Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMc0917fa43c82498a9da1b2e26f627db1/

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