Louise Zamparutti’s article “Foibe literature: documentation or victimhood narrative?” was published in Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congrats!
Zamparutti’s essay analyzes the literature on the foibe to illustrate a political use of human remains. By comparing contemporary literature on the foibe to a selection of archival reports of foibe exhumation processes, the essay argues that the foibe literature popular in Italy today serves a political rather than informational purpose. The paper argues that by employing the narrative structure of the Holocaust, contemporary literature on the foibe attempts to recast Italy as a counterpublic in the wider European public sphere, presenting Italy as an unrecognized victim in World War II.