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Introduction: Memory, Family, Identity in Early Modern Italy and Europe

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This chapter deals with the concept of memory places, essentially invented by Pierre Nora and then taken up in Italy by Mario Isnenghi. It also discusses the study of family memoirs which is among the aspects destined to bear some of the newest and most productive fruits in future fields of research on broadly "autobiographical" writings. The research on family memory texts allows one to go beyond the broad category of egodocuments and understand other historical documents that incorporate memory: at the very least the expressions of artistic production. Artistic patronage (relative to painted portraits, sculptures also in connection with remembering the dead, buildings and monuments, as well as more modest and limited objects in any case meant to bear a message) may be studied as a form of conscious construction of forms of memory and of identity for the individual, but also the family.

Keywords: autobiography; egodocuments; Europe; family memoirs; Italy



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