Popular High Culture in Italian Media, 1950-1970 - Barron, Emma
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When Mona Lisa smiled enigmatically from the cover of the Italian magazine Epoca in 1957, she gazed out at more than three million readers. As Emma Barron argues, her appearance on the cover is emblematic of the distinctive ways that high culture was integrated into Italy's mass culture boom in the 1950s and 1960s, a period when popular appropriations of literature, fine art and music became a part of the rapidly changing modern Italian identity. Popular magazines ran weekly illustrated adaptations of literary classics. Television brought opera from the opera house into the homes of millions.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
When Mona Lisa smiled enigmatically from the cover of the Italian magazine Epoca in 1957, she gazed out at more than three million readers. As Emma Barron argues, her appearance on the cover is emblematic of the distinctive ways that high culture was integrated into Italy's mass culture boom in the 1950s and 1960s, a period when popular appropriations of literature, fine art and music became a part of the rapidly changing modern Italian identity. Popular magazines ran weekly illustrated adaptations of literary classics. Television brought opera from the opera house into the homes of millions. Readers wrote to intellectuals and artists such as Alberto Moravia, Thomas Mann and Salvatore Quasimodo by the thousands with questions about literature and self-education. Drawing upon new archival material on the demographics of television audiences and magazine readers, this book is an engaging account of how the Italian people took possession of high culture and transformed the modern Italian identity.
  • Produktdetails
  • Italian and Italian American Studies
  • Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan / Springer, Berlin
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 978-3-319-90962-2
  • 1st ed. 2018
  • Erscheinungstermin: September 2018
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 216mm x 153mm x 24mm
  • Gewicht: 590g
  • ISBN-13: 9783319909622
  • ISBN-10: 3319909622
  • Artikelnr.: 52069662
Autorenporträt
Emma Barron teaches European film and history in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, Australia, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies.
Inhaltsangabe
1. Introduction: The Mona Lisa Covergirl
2. Italia domanda: A question of culture
3. Dear Intellectual: The cultural advice columns
4. Lascia o raddoppia?: Contestants and the classics
5. Lip-syncing Rossini: The highs and lows of Italian television opera
6. Puccini, Botticelli and celebrity endorsements: The art of magazine advertising
7. Reciting Shakespeare for Amaretto di Saronno: The art of Carosello
8. The classics and the everyday: From I Promessi Sposi to I Promessi Paperi
9. Patrolling the border: I Promessi Sposi on RAI television
10. Conclusion: The smile of Bergman, the body of Rita and the face of Mona Lisa