Unbury that Body: The Tragic Palinode of a Generation in Marco Baliani's Corpo di stato

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Remembering Aldo Moro: The Cultural Legacy of the 1978 Kidnapping and Murder


'The very nature of memory', notes Luisa Passerini, 'implies its capacity to resist violence: any power which tries to break, nullify, or distort memory, cannot do it without leaving traces, and such traces are indeed silences and forms of forgetting'. Any attempt to retrieve memories, Passerini continues, therefore produces 'meanings and interpretations, strategic in character and capable of influencing the present. On a similar note, Jeffrey Prager sees the act of memory as produced by 'selves capable of resisting dominant cultural modes of thinking [...] able to symbolically mediate between possibilities and to exercise reasoned and reflective judgment'.Marco Baliani's dramatic monologues Corpo di Stato. Il delitto Moro: Una generazione divisa (1998) is one such act of resistance and strategic action. Adopting the rhetoric of the palinode and the anthropological and theatrical interpreation of mythological archetypes, Corpo di Stato performs a subjective recollection of the lotta armata and of the abduction and killing of Aldo Moro. Baliani's re-memorization of the past is shaped as a collective rite of mourning through which the self of the author-narrator reflects on and mediates with his entire generation, both taking responsibility for the deeds of the lotta armata in the 1970s and at the same time abjuring them.


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