Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922-1945 (University of California Press: 2001, 2004)
This cultural history of Mussolini’s dictatorship explores the meanings of modernity in interwar Italy. Combining archival research with the analysis of novels and films, this work argues that fascism appealed to many Italian intellectuals as a new model of modernity that would allow economic development without harm to social boundaries and national traditions. It explores the ways that realism engaged many writers and filmmakers as an aesthetic that would reflect this distinctive model of Italian modernity.
Although Fascism did not make good on its claim to refashion Italians, the book contends that twenty years of dictatorship left a legacy of practices and attitudes that continued under different political rubrics after 1945.