Toxic Matters: Narrating Italy's Dioxin (Under the Sign of Nature) (Hardcover)

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In Toxic Matters, Monica Seger considers two Italian environmental disasters: an isolated factory explosion in Seveso, just north of Milan, in 1976 and the ongoing daily toxic emissions from the Ilva steelworks in the Apulian city of Taranto. Both have exposed residents to high concentrations of the persistent organic pollutant known as dioxin. Seger traces a dialogue between Seveso and Taranto, exploring an interplay between bodies, soil, industrial emissions, and the wealth of dynamic particulate matter that passes in between. At the same time, the book emphasizes the crucial function of creative narrative expressions, in literary, cinematic, and other forms, for making sense of this modern-day reality and for shifting existing power dynamics as exposed communities exercise their voices. While Toxic Matters is grounded in Italian cases and texts, it looks outward to the pressing questions of toxicity, embodiment, and storytelling faced by communities worldwide.

About the Author

Monica Seger is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at William and Mary and author of Landscapes in Between: Environmental Change in Modern Italian Literature and Film.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813948355
ISBN-10: 0813948355
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: June 10th, 2022
Pages: 228
Language: English
Series: Under the Sign of Nature