Kif tebbi: visions of colonial Libya in novel and film
Abstract:This essay examines Mario Camerini's award-winning silent Italian film Kif tebbi (1928) and the original source novel by Luciano Zuccoli (1923). These works have been largely neglected by Anglophone scholars yet hold an important role as precursor to 1930s fascist colonial film culture. Set in North Africa, the story pays tribute to Italy's 1912 conquest of Libya. Its coupled themes of war and romance, desert setting, and non-European characters foster a mythic tone that also suggests a connection to French orientalist traditions. This intertextual study looks at conflicting themes in novel and film with its traces of transnational literary and filmic aspects. It also considers the overarching ethnographic component, which reveals ideas of racial and cultural difference through its projection of Africa.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2012
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- Journal of Romance Studies promotes innovative critical work in the areas of linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, media, material culture, intellectual and cultural history, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, social sciences, and anthropology. The primary focus is on those parts of the world that speak, or have spoken, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, but work on other cultures may be included. Issues cross national and disciplinary boundaries in order to stimulate new ways of thinking about cultural history and practice.
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