In the second post-war period in Milan different kinds of urban, industrial and productive regenerations were started. These innovations were developed in the following decades and laid the basis for a new dynamism, which is still a key characteristic of ‘the most European city in Italy’. The urban landscape has progressively been reshaped thanks to innovative territorial policies, and the inhabitants of Milan have seen deep changes in their city. These spatial dynamics have inspired the literary production of some Italian writers, in particular during the period between the Sixties and the Seventies, an extremely prolific period for cultural life in Milan. Prose writers as Luciano Bianciardi and poets as Vittorio Sereni and Alda Merini witnessed the transformations of those years, the industrial growth, the strong economic development and the new Milanese cultural scene. The purpose of this work is to highlight how these literary creations can be a useful source, not only because of their undisputed artistic value, but also because they recreate social, historical, geographical, architectural and urban events of those days. In addition, they can help us to understand the urban context and the Milanese landscape during the Italian economic boom.

Literature reads the city : Italian writers facing the changes of Milan during the Italian economic boom / D. Gavinelli, G. Schiappadori. - In: ATHENS JOURNAL OF TOURISM. - ISSN 2241-8148. - 6:2(2019), pp. 97-108. ((Intervento presentato al 9. convegno Annual International Conference on Literature tenutosi a Athens (Greece) nel 2016 [10.30958/ajt.6-2-2].

Literature reads the city : Italian writers facing the changes of Milan during the Italian economic boom

D. Gavinelli
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2019

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In the second post-war period in Milan different kinds of urban, industrial and productive regenerations were started. These innovations were developed in the following decades and laid the basis for a new dynamism, which is still a key characteristic of ‘the most European city in Italy’. The urban landscape has progressively been reshaped thanks to innovative territorial policies, and the inhabitants of Milan have seen deep changes in their city. These spatial dynamics have inspired the literary production of some Italian writers, in particular during the period between the Sixties and the Seventies, an extremely prolific period for cultural life in Milan. Prose writers as Luciano Bianciardi and poets as Vittorio Sereni and Alda Merini witnessed the transformations of those years, the industrial growth, the strong economic development and the new Milanese cultural scene. The purpose of this work is to highlight how these literary creations can be a useful source, not only because of their undisputed artistic value, but also because they recreate social, historical, geographical, architectural and urban events of those days. In addition, they can help us to understand the urban context and the Milanese landscape during the Italian economic boom.
Milan; Literature; Economics; Geography; Regeneration; Vittorio Sereni; Alda Merini; Luciano Bianciardi
Settore M-GGR/01 - Geografia
Settore M-GGR/02 - Geografia Economico-Politica
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