The 'Turn to the Victim' in Italian Culture : Victim-Centred Narratives of the anni di piombo

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Abstract

This article considers the emergence of a corpus of victim centred-narratives addressing the experience of political violence during the anni di piombo in the period surrounding the establishment of the ‘Giorno della Memoria per le vittime del terrorismo’. Bringing a critical victim-studies approach to bear, it explores how the victim of terrorism is portrayed in the corpus of victim-centred narratives and asks what is claimed, effected and achieved by the corpus in cultural terms. It further explores how the perspective of survivors of terrorist attacks and of relatives of the victims reshapes the cultural imaginary of the anni di piombo in the new millennium

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-90
Number of pages18
JournalModern Italy
Volume18
Issue number4
Early online date27 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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