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Alex Marlow-Mann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640669

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640669.001.0001

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Gold and Dust: Hybridity, Postmodernism and the Legacy of Neapolitan Narrative

Gold and Dust: Hybridity, Postmodernism and the Legacy of Neapolitan Narrative

(p.114) 4. Gold and Dust: Hybridity, Postmodernism and the Legacy of Neapolitan Narrative
New Neapolitan Cinema

Alex Marlow-Mann

Edinburgh University Press

Antonio Capuano's Polvere di Napoli (The Dust of Naples, 1998) explicitly invites interpretation in relation to one of the key representations of Naples — Giuseppe Marotta's collection of stories, L'oro di Napoli/The Gold of Naples and Vittorio De Sica's 1954 film adaptation of the same name. Indeed, the opening caption deliberately enters into dialogue with De Sica's uncritical celebration of napoletanità. This chapter discusses hybridity, postmodernism and the legacy of the Neapolitan narrative. It addresses the legacy of traditional Neapolitan culture by evoking the conventions of the sceneggiata and the Neapolitan Formula (NF), and by posing the question of what relevance such cultural forms could possibly have for a modern audience. Just as the former tendency was prefigured by Immacolata e Concetta, the latter is anticipated by a more or less contemporaneous film, the German-Italian coproduction Nel regno di Napoli/Neapolitanische Geschichten/The Kingdom of Naples (1979, Werner Schroeter).

Keywords:   Antonio Capuano, The Dust of Naples, The Gold of Naples, Vittorio De Sica, napoletanità, hybridity, postmodernism, Neapolitan narrative, sceneggiata, Neapolitan Formula

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