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Fascist Hybridities

Representations of Racial Mixing and Diaspora Cultures under Mussolini

Fascist Hybridities by Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto
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While less explicitly racist than its Germany Nazi counterpart, Italian Fascism attached considerable importance to racial purity. Fascist Hybridities examines how Italian literature and cinema of the 1930s are traversed by hybrid figures, and how these works ultimately reveal biracial offspring and Levantines as interchangeable characters who, in the historical scenario under which Mussolini's Fascist regime operated, present unique and specific threats to notions of Italian racial and cultural purity. As Rosetta Giuliani-Caponetto shows, that more often than not, the visual and textual presence of mulatto and Levantine characters stoked deep racial and cultural anxieties, forcing their audiences to uncomfortably examine, rather than confirm, their own collective identity.

Palgrave Macmillan; April 2015
213 pages; ISBN 9781137481863
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Title: Fascist Hybridities
Author: Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto
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