The Moro Morality Play

Wagner-Pacifici Robin
On March 16, 1978, the former prime minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was kidnapped by the Red Brigades, and what followed--the fifty-five days of captivity that resulted in Moro's murder--constitutes one of the most striking social dramas of the twentieth century. In this compelling study of terrorism, Robin Wagner-Pacifici employs... Read More
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On March 16, 1978, the former prime minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was kidnapped by the Red Brigades, and what followed--the fifty-five days of captivity that resulted in Moro's murder--constitutes one of the most striking social dramas of the twentieth century. In this compelling study of terrorism, Robin Wagner-Pacifici employs methods from sociology, symbolic anthropology, and literary criticism to decode the many social texts that shaped the event: political speeches, newspaper reports, television and radio news, editorials, photographs, Moro's letters, Red Brigade communiques, and appeals by various international figures. The analysis of these texts calls into question the function of politics, social drama, spectacle, and theater. Wagner-Pacifici provides a dramaturgic analysis of the Moro affair as a method for discussing the culture of politics in Italy.
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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226869849
ISBN-13 9780226869841
GTIN-13 9780226869841
GTIN-14 09780226869841
Subtitle Terrorism as Social Drama
Author Wagner-Pacifici Robin
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 374
Publication Date Nov 14, 1986
Dimension 6.06 in 9.01 in 0.83 in