Series 14 Vol 4 No 1 (2021)
Articoli

Una rappresentazione diplomatica e di parte: il ritratto (geo)letterario della Tunisi di Guglielmo Collotti (1876)

Giannantonio Scaglione
Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Trento

Published 2021-10-21

Keywords

  • Tunis,
  • Guglielmo Collotti,
  • Italian colony in Tunisia,
  • Medina,
  • European headquarter,
  • Italian College
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How to Cite

Scaglione, G. (2021). Una rappresentazione diplomatica e di parte: il ritratto (geo)letterario della Tunisi di Guglielmo Collotti (1876). Bollettino Della Società Geografica Italiana, 4(1), 39-52. https://doi.org/10.36253/bsgi-1242

Abstract

The paper aims to retrace the (geo)-literary portrait of the city of Tunis by analysing the work Tunisi e il suo popolo. Studi impressioni e ricordi (Tunis and its people. Studies, impressions and memories), written by Guglielmo Collotti and published in Catania in 1876. This work is a travel report of a journey planned by Collotti with the excuse of presenting a “philanthropic” award to the sovereign of the Regency of Tunis. In fact, it gave the Sicilian nobleman the opportunity to visit the places inhabited by a large Italian community. The epistemological approach being adopted in the study, which is a geographical one, takes into consideration the historical and cultural context in which the author’s political beliefs developed: his interpretation of the landscape and the places he describes mirrors his choice of sometimes favouring colonial propaganda “Occidental” over the narration of events.