This chapter provides a semiotic investigation of an emblematic space in Palermo, the Foro Italico. After the Second World War, this space was occupied for many years by the ruins left when the city was bombed. Analysing the diachronic evolution of the Foro Italico, the author examines the semantic categories that have defined the space, exploring how the memory of the war has been concealed and inscribed in the post-war rewritings of the place. The chapter reads this space as 'a mysterious island', caught between nature and culture. Referring to different kinds of texts, Marrone illustrates how the practices of various local and migrant communities contribute not only to the resemantisation of space but also to the production of new memories.

Marrone, G. (2023). Ruins of War : The Green Sea and the Mysterious Island. In C. Demaria, P. Violi (a cura di), Reading Memory Sites Through Signs : Hiding into Landscape (pp. 183-206). Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press.

Ruins of War : The Green Sea and the Mysterious Island

Marrone, Giovanni
2023-09-01

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This chapter provides a semiotic investigation of an emblematic space in Palermo, the Foro Italico. After the Second World War, this space was occupied for many years by the ruins left when the city was bombed. Analysing the diachronic evolution of the Foro Italico, the author examines the semantic categories that have defined the space, exploring how the memory of the war has been concealed and inscribed in the post-war rewritings of the place. The chapter reads this space as 'a mysterious island', caught between nature and culture. Referring to different kinds of texts, Marrone illustrates how the practices of various local and migrant communities contribute not only to the resemantisation of space but also to the production of new memories.
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Marrone, G. (2023). Ruins of War : The Green Sea and the Mysterious Island. In C. Demaria, P. Violi (a cura di), Reading Memory Sites Through Signs : Hiding into Landscape (pp. 183-206). Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press.
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