"Eja eja baccalà!" D’Annunzio, political violence and cultures of memory in Trieste and in the Northern Adriatic

Author/s Borut Klabjan
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/298 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 238-255 File size 174 KB
DOI 10.3280/IC2022-298018
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This work analyses the transformations of the monumental landscape in the Italo-Slovene borderland and in the Northern Adriatic in general. Taking as a case study the construction of the statue of Gabriele D’Annunzio in Trieste in the summer of 2019, it shows the impact of its commemorative practices and its political implications. The essay is based on new material from several archives and it connects the function of D’Annunzio and of his march on Fiume (Rijeka) with the postwar political violence. In particular, it studies its impact on the cultures of memory in a borderland context. It demonstrates the interconnection between postwar violence and memory politics and it shows that the memorialization of D’Annunzio is part of a mosaic of initiatives, aimed at construct a border landscape which sustains a selective historical narrative.

Keywords: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Political violence, Cultures of memory, Trieste, Northern Adriatic

Borut Klabjan, "Eja eja baccalà!" D’Annunzio, violenza politica e culture della memoria a Trieste e nell’Alto Adriatico in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 298/2022, pp 238-255, DOI: 10.3280/IC2022-298018