Murder Made in Italy

Murder Made in Italy : Homicide, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture

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Looking at media coverage of three very prominent murder cases, Murder Made in Italy explores the cultural issues raised by the murders and how they reflect developments in Italian civil society over the past 20 years. Providing detailed descriptions of each murder, investigation, and court case, Ellen Nerenberg addresses the perception of lawlessness in Italy, the country's geography of crime, and the generalized fear for public safety among the Italian population. Nerenberg examines the fictional and nonfictional representations of these crimes through the lenses of moral panic, media spectacle, true crime writing, and the abject body. The worldwide publicity given the recent case of Amanda Knox, the American student tried for murder in a Perugia court, once more drew attention to crime and punishment in Italy and is the subject of the more

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  • Book | 400 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 10 b&w illus., 5 maps
  • 0253223091
  • 9780253223098
  • 2,004,220

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"Original, engaging, and thought-provoking... quite unlike any other existing book in Italian cultural and media studies." -Ruth Glynn, University of Bristol "A fantastic array of literary, cinematic, and oral narratives." -Stefania Lucamante, Catholic University of America "[T]his book provides food for thought for those studying Italy from a wide variety of perspectives." -Contemporary Italian Politics "Nerenberg's study represents a useful tool for the reading of contemporary Italy crimes from a cultural studies perspective." -H-Italyshow more

About Ellen Nerenberg

Ellen Nerenberg is Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. She is author of Prison Terms: Representing Confinement During and After Italian Fascism and translator and editor of (with Nicoletta Marini-Maio and Thomas Simpson), Body of State: The Moro Affair, a Nation more

Table of contents

Preface AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Making a KillingPart I: Serial Killing 1. The "Monster" of Florence: Serial Murders and investigation2. Monstrous Murder: Serial Killers and Detectives in Contemporary Italian Literature3. Penile Procedure: The Pleasures and Dangers of Looking in Dario Argento's CinemaPart II: Matricide and Fratricide % Erika, Omar, and Violent Youth in Italy4. "Sono stati loro:" Erika, Omar, and the Double Homicide of Susy Cassini and Gianluca De Nardo in Novi Ligure 5. The Raw and the Cooked: Transnational Media and Violence in Italy's "Cannibal" Pulp Fiction of the 1990sPart III: Filicide % The Bad/Mad Mother of Cogne and Violence Against Children6. The Yellow and the Black: Cogne or, Crime of the Century7. Spectacular Grief and Public Mourning8. Unspeakable Crimes: Children as Witnesses, Victims, and PerpetratorsEpilogue: Kiss Me DeadlyNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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