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Future Pasts: Revisiting the Colonial Legacy in Alternate History Novels

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

Abstract

Drawing on Giorgio Agamben’s reflections on contemporaneity (Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen, Stanford University Press, 2009), this chapter focuses on alternate histories, asserting that the genre has been used to interpret Italian political history. For instance, Enrico Brizzi’s and Mario Farneti’s alternate history trilogies, which feature different visions of Italy’s past—either decolonizing the Italian imagination or celebrating Italy’s “civilizing” role in Africa—embody what John Foot has termed “Italy’s divided memory,” and its constitutive ambivalence regarding the legacy of Fascism (Italy’s Divided Memory, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Stefano Amato’s Il 49esimo stato (2013a)—an alternate history that imagines what would have happened in the 1960s and 1970s if Sicily had become part of the United States—imagines Italy as a country colonized by the United States.

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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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