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Mediating culture in the Italian literary field, 1940s-1950s: an introduction

La Penna, D. and Billiani, F. (2016) Mediating culture in the Italian literary field, 1940s-1950s: an introduction. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 21 (1). pp. 1-3. ISSN 1469-9583

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/1354571X.2016.1112058


This introduction lays out the scholarly and methodological context where to situate the contributions to this special issue. By combining a rigorous scrutiny of hitherto untapped archival sources with a re-examined application of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology of culture within the field of periodical studies and publishing history in Italy (1940s-1950s), the studies illuminate the complex ways in which journals, periodical editors, and the connected publishing houses negotiate cultural practice in a literary field increasingly dominated by the polarization of political discourse.

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Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > Italian
ID Code:44403


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