Undoing Time: The Cultural Memory of an Italian Prison by Eleanor ChiariUndoing Time: The Cultural Memory of an Italian Prison by Eleanor Chiari

Undoing Time: The Cultural Memory of an Italian Prison

byEleanor Chiari

Paperback | July 18, 2012

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The walls of Le Nuove prison in Turin are scarred by graffiti, bullets and blood. Opened in 1870, Le Nuove was one of Italy’s first panoptical prisons. During the Second World War it was occupied by the Nazis, who executed and deported anti-Fascist and Jewish prisoners held there. In the 1970s it housed left-wing ‘terrorists’, who spearheaded violent riots that spread to prisons across Italy. The prison staff became targets and four were shot dead. When Le Nuove finally closed down in October 2003, the memories of the tragic events that occurred there became obstacles to its demolition.
Combining oral history, anthropology and micro-history, this book examines the cultural memory of Le Nuove via interviews, archives and the material traces left within the building itself. The volume examines issues such as the relationship between memory and place, forgetting, and the problems of a global cultural heritage increasingly focused on places of suffering. By following the architecture of the prison in her narrative, the author actively engages with the many layers of time competing to give meaning to the prison today, as well as addressing the hidden stories, myths and silences that condition any study of cultural memory.
Eleanor Canright Chiari is a teaching fellow in the Department of Italian at University College London. She also teaches on the MA in Cultural Memory at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London.
Title:Undoing Time: The Cultural Memory of an Italian PrisonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:July 18, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034302568

ISBN - 13:9783034302562


Table of Contents

Contents: Cultural memory – The Second World War and the Catholic Church – The Resistance – Cultural heritage – Oral history – The anni di piombo, terrorism and political violence – Prison riots – Cesare Lombroso.