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The Questione Settentrionale: Reconfiguring Separatism

  • Simone Brioni
  • Daniele Comberiati
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Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)

Abstract

This chapter shows how science fiction has reflected on the rise of xenophobic and independentist factions in the Northeast of Italy. The analysis focuses on Gabriele Salvatores’s movie Nirvana (1997), which depicts the tensions between an imaginary Northern Conglomerate and the rest of the world; Tullio Avoledo’s dystopic novel about the memory of the Holocaust, La ragazza di Vajont (2008); and Francesco Patierno’s movie Cose dell’altro mondo (2011), an Italian remake of Sergio Arau’s movie A Day Without a Mexican (2004), that imagines what would happen if all migrants in Italy disappeared, and which is set in a small village in the Veneto region. Science fiction leads us to uncover stories of domination and discrimination and challenges the presumed geographical and historical stability of national sovereignty.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Brioni
    • 1
  • Daniele Comberiati
    • 2
  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3MontpellierFrance

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