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Sorba C., Politics and sentiments in Risorgimento Italy. Melodrama and the Nation, Palgrave Macmillan 2021

This book investigates the narrative of nationhood during the Italian Risorgimento and its ability to reach a new and wider audience. In Italy, an extraordinary emotional excitement pervaded the struggle for national independence, suffusing the speeches and actions of patriots. This book shows how this ardour borrowed the tones, figures and spectacular nature of the melodramatic imagination feeding the theatre and literature of the time, and how it could resonate with a largely uneducated audience. An important contribution to the new historiography on the Italian Risorgimento and on nineteenth-century nationalism in Europe, itoffers a fresh perspective on thepublic sphere during the Risorgimento, focusing on the transnational links between political mobilisation and the growth of new media and burgeoning mass culture.

‘A model of how culture can be related to politics, even politics of the very highest level, this book offers a multitude of sparkling and surprising insights into melodrama, opera, and political sensibilities, not just in Italy but in France, England, and eastern Europe as well. The author’s deep learning and elegant style are bound to attract readers to this period that was so critical to the formation of modern politics.’
—Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


ISBN 978-3-030-69732-7