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1992 and 1993’s Difficult Masculinities

  • Dana RengaEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter concentrates on the Sky political series and period drama 1992 (2015) and 1993 (2017) which unfold against the backdrop of the tangentopoli or Bribesville scandals, Operation “Mani pulite” or “Clean Hands,” and Silvio Berlusconi’s rise to political power. It examines how a series of traumas, losses, and maladies renders male protagonists sympathetic, an operation traditionally at work in male melodrama wherein male protagonists are celebrated, their lives idealized, and their creativity foregrounded. More broadly, this chapter charts male and female bodies that move primarily in and between Milan and Rome. Performing bodies, political bodies, frail bodies, queer bodies, abject bodies, and spectral bodies populate the series and point toward the difficult masculinities that helped construct 1992 and 1993s complex political and entertainment landscape.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Department of French and ItalianThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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