• Violenza, famiglia e genere. Il romanzo di ambiente poliziesco di Melania G. Mazzucco

    Author(s):
    Francesco Ardolino (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian
    Subject(s):
    Italian literature, Contemporary fiction, Italian studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Italian LIterature, contemporary fiction, contemporary literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6S82S
    Abstract:
    Violence, Family and Gender: Melania G. Mazzucco’s crime novel. The novel Un giorno perfetto (A Perfect Day, 2005), which was adapted for the cinema by Ferzan Özpetek in 2008, is Melania G. Mazzucco’s only novel to date to foray into the terrain of crime fiction. The frenetic pacing, the penchant for the ordinary and quotidian, and the fetishizing of weapons all work to create genre expectations that the narrative does not manage to bring to fruition. From the opening prolepsis, the novel’s events diminish in significance and make way for a social reading in which gender violence is situated on a backdrop of a variety of social and familial difficulties as experienced by the characters. These are inserted into the urban geography of Italy’s capital city. Beneath an apparently simple writing style is hidden the capacity to multiply motives and nuances to create a polyphonic novel in which even the soundtrack of songs of the time period acquire a structural function. Keywords: Melania G. Mazzucco; textual interpretation; contemporary italian narrative; crime novel.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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