- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: April 2021
- Print publication year: 2021
- Online ISBN: 9781108902427
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108902427
Benito Mussolini has persistently been described as an 'actor' – and also as a master of illusions. In her vividly narrated account of the Italian dictator's relationship with the theatre, Patricia Gaborik discards any metaphorical notions of Il Duce as a performer and instead tells the story of his life as literal spectator, critic, impresario, dramatist and censor of the stage. Discussing the ways in which the autarch's personal tastes and convictions shaped, in fascist Italy, theatrical programming, she explores Mussolini's most significant dramatic influences, his association with important figures such as Luigi Pirandello, Gabriele D'Annunzio and George Bernard Shaw, his oversight of stage censorship, and his forays into playwriting. By focusing on its subject's manoeuvres in the theatre, and manipulation of theatrical ideas, this consistently illuminating book transforms our understandings of fascism as a whole. It will have strong appeal to readers in both theatre studies and modern Italian history.
Professor Robert S. C. Gordon - University of Cambridge; author of The Holocaust in Italian Culture, 1944–2010
Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson - The Graduate Center, City University of New York; author of Theories of the Theatre
Professor Sergio Luzzatto - University of Connecticut; winner of the Cundill Prize in History, and author of The Body of Il Duce
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