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Sea-shaped identities. Italians and others in late 19th-century Italian Navy travel literature: a case study
Dimpflmeier, F. (2015). Sea-shaped identities. Italians and others in late 19th-century Italian Navy travel literature: a case study, in: Themudo Barata, F. et al. (Ed.) Heritages and Memories from the Sea. 1st International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How: Linking Heritage 14-16 January 2015. Évora. Portugal. Conference Proceedings. pp. 145-154
In: Themudo Barata, F.; Magalhães Rocha, J. (Ed.) (2015). Heritages and Memories from the Sea. 1st International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How: Linking Heritage 14-16 January 2015. Évora. Portugal. Conference Proceedings. Electronic edition 2015. UNESCO/UniTwin/Universidade de Evora: Evora. ISBN 978-989-99442-0-6. 228 pp., more

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    Marine
Author keywords
    national identity, representation of otherness, maritime anthropology, travel literature, Tierra del Fuego

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  • Dimpflmeier, F.

Abstract
    During the second half of the 19th century, shortlyafter the reunification of Italy, began a period ofItalian presence on the international seas. Duringthese voyages Italian naval officers had the chanceto come into contact directly and for the first timewith the most diverse populations. Their travel notesand diaries can be considered as travel narrativesinfluenced by the new Italian navalism, which wasfocused on building a strong and powerful image ofthe Navy on the seas and of Italy as a civilised nation.The paper, focusing on a re-reading of the travelnotes on the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego, analyseshow Italian Navy officers used to picture ‘Others’ asa means of building a positive self-image of a nationat the top scale of the civilisation.

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