Touristic and Chauvinistic Perspectives on the Arctic in the Italian Popular Press Some cases of literary and artistic reception, from the fin-de-siècle to the Fascist era

  • Margherita d’Ayala Valva
Emneord (Nøkkelord): Duke of Abruzzi's Polar Expedition, Umberto Nobile, italiensk, travel literature,


In this paper, I will focus on non-scientific Italian perspectives on the Arctic at the beginning of the 20th century. Based on selected journalistic travel writings and on children's books and their pictorial and photographic illustrations, I will examine some illustrative instances of the Italian perception of the Great North during this era. More specifically, I will focus on the Duke of Abruzzi's Polar Expedition of 1900 and Umberto Nobile's expedition of 1928. These cases are of particular interest in terms of artistic and literary reception, popular imagery, and political implications.


Margherita d’Ayala Valva
Margherita d'Ayala Valva, Dr. Art. Studies in Florence (M.A.) and in the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (PhD). Research fields: italian art critics and collectionism from the fin-de-siècle to the Futurism, with a particular focus on literary forms such as artists' aphorisms and manifesto writing; XXth century artists as readers of early modern treatises; Scandinavian artists at the Venice Biennali from 1895 to 1911.
Hvordan referere
d’Ayala Valva, Margherita. 2008. «Touristic and Chauvinistic Perspectives on the Arctic in the Italian Popular Press Some Cases of Literary and Artistic Reception, from the Fin-De-siècle to the Fascist Era». Nordlit, nr. 23 (februar):371-84.