lecte here im to problemtize the universl ie o Rome by incorporting nbsorbing the rgments, the etritus n the hien zones o the city’s contem- porry imge. In this sense, it prticiptes in the ongoing ormtion o
rmework o stuies on recent Rome, which ollows some o the theoreticlinsights expresse by historin Vittorio Viotto in his seminl
. As Viotto writes, tritionl pproches to Rome bse on the completerejection o its moernity prouce ‘un sostnzile incomprensione storic ellcittà, incpce i cogliere e i volgere in positivo l complessità ei ttori elltrsormzione urbn’ ( substntil historicl misunerstning o the city, which ws incpble o unerstning n reing t ll positively the complex-ity o the vrious ctors tht contribute to urbn trnsormtion).
Shring in Viotto’s sentiment rom theoreticl point o view,
Rome, Postmodern Narra-tives o a Cityscape
chllenges both the grn nrrtives o Rome s ‘Eternl City’,n Rome s moern hell, moels which hve limite the possibility to re,interpret n nlyse the complexities o Rome’s contemporry cityscpe. Whileit is very importnt to recognize the singulr importnce o the rst two els o Rome stuies, in ouning itsel on the thir this book seeks to enct something o shi rom the criticl rmework in which the previous moels prticipte.
Tis thir pproch to the city, which hs prouce number o importntcontributions to contemporry Rome stuies in recent yers, thus exminesthe contemporry city in open, plurl n inclusive rther thn binry terms.
Rejecting the ichotomy between the supposely glorious ncient city n thellegely squli moern one in vour o ilecticl unerstning never-theless rises very tricky question: how to go beyon the weighty presence o Rome’s clssicl pst, without rejecting it outright.Te specil issue o
entitle ‘Cpitl City: Rome1870–2010’ represents relevnt instnce o the thir pproch to Rome; theessys quite speciclly ocus on Rome’s post-unitry moernity in universlstuy o the city’s specic trjectory (tking into ccount centre n periphery).In the introuction to the volume eitor Cristin Mzzoni writes:
the cpitl hs serve s mirror in which to contemplte the problem o moernity.More thn ny other city, Rome typies the insistent presence o the pst in Itly,n the seemingly insurmountble chllenge o reeing Itlins rom the constrintso trition.
While Mzzoni’s unerstning o Rome s n incubtor or importnt insighton moernity is unoubtely ruitul, it is in reltion to this historicl nxiety tht we seek to ofer, i not some resolution, then certinly some new insight. Weo so in ct by turning to Rome’s
nrrtives, tking the city s mir-ror in which to contemplte the problem o
, n its own, striking re-ppropritions o history, s we illustrte below.