Culture and Conflict in Postwar Italy

Essays on Mass and Popular Culture

  • Zygmunt G. Barański
  • Robert Lumley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Turbulent Transitions: An Introduction

    1. Zygmunt G. Barański, Robert Lumley
      Pages 1-17
  3. History, Culture, Language: The Italian Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
      Pages 50-62
    3. Giulio Lepschy
      Pages 63-75
  4. Religion, Politics, Social Movements: Culture and the People

  5. Mass Culture and Intellectuals

  6. Two Case Studies: Cinema and Design in Postwar Italy

  7. Looking at Television: From Public Monopoly to Competition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Umberto Eco
      Pages 245-255
    3. Philip Schlesinger
      Pages 270-285
    4. Christopher Wagstaff
      Pages 295-319
    5. Lidia Curti
      Pages 320-336
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 337-346

About this book


The late and turbulent transition from a largely rural and peasant society to a modern urban state involved the crisis of rooted popular traditions and the emergence of mass cultural forms. As a result, Italy, once the centre of a cultural world, has increasingly found itself on the periphery of an American media empire and serious questions of cultural identity have been raised. The Italian case is further significant on account of the theoretical and political problems it has posed. As well as dealing with these and related topics, the book examines current tendencies, such as the rapid multiplication of sub-cultures and the crisis of 'mass' forms. Each chapter is written by a specialist in the field. Although the essays normally deal with specific problems, they also highlight both the historical context and more general considerations within their sphere of interest.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Zygmunt G. Barański
    • 1
  • Robert Lumley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Italian StudiesUniversity of ReadingUK
  2. 2.University of SussexUK

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