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Vita di una brigantessa, tra finzione letteraria e racconto storico
Author/s: Guido Panico 
Year:  2015 Issue: 18 Language: Italian 
Pages:  11 Pg. 126-136 FullText PDF:  98 KB
DOI:  10.3280/HM2015-018013
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Many authors have written history and fiction papers about the story of Philomena Pennacchio, a key figure of the Italian post-unification brigandage. Her story and her character are a case study leading to the discussion about the relationship between history and narrative fiction. In some instances this meeting produced a genre, that I would call «historical feuilleton». In the middle of the following pages there is the comparison between the production of the history books, which tells the story of a young woman and her companion as an opportunity of revisionism of the national unification history, and the philologically accurate novel of a woman writer, Licia Giaquinto. The essay will demonstrate the cognitive force of the fictional novel, dropping the small personal story, worth of a micro-history, in a social and cultural well-defined context. Exactly the opposite of the biography in the form of feuilleton, which is now more popular.
Keywords: Brigandage, literature, micro-history, representation of brigand women, the Risorgimento, story and history.

Guido Panico, in "HISTORIA MAGISTRA" 18/2015, pp. 126-136, DOI:10.3280/HM2015-018013


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