Overall, I enjoyed the connections that this article made between the pieces of literature and the authors of them to what was happening within Italy as well as within Libya. Racism was definitely a key piece to each of these forms of literature and each of the authors had a message in some way. I thought that the author, despite the length of this article, proved their thesis very well and clearly showed how racism and colonialism were “defining traits of the Italian national identity.” (p. 8 )
My favorite example was that of Corradini and La guerra lontana. I liked how vividly the story was described within the article. This story was one that showed opposition to many elements but it also showed the “interrelatedness of nationalism with racism, anti-Semintism, anti-socialism, and anti-feminism.” Most of the time, I am skeptical of over-analyzing literature because sometimes the message we believe the author was trying to convey may not have been the message they wanted to promote at all. Here, there is no doubt that Corradini had a message in mind. For example, the part that stuck with me the most was the scene where the high school teacher tries to submit an article she wrote to the paper that Ercole runs. Corradini describes her as being ugly and manly and entirely too forward. She is not only denied but laughed at by the rest of the workers for Ercole’s paper.This is clearly an attack on feminism.
For some reason, La guerra lontana stuck with me while I read the entire article. I think it was simply because all of the elements that Re was trying to connect to the Italian identity were found within the story but also because the story had strong descriptions.