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The Marie S Curie project, Last Letters from the World Wars: Forming Italian Language, Identity and Memory in Texts of Conflict, deals with a linguistic and thematic analysis of the last letters of people sentenced to death to death during the First and the Second World Wars, conducted with digital humanities tools. The digitisation of these epistolary texts will be harnessed to explore the construction of post-War European identities and politics – in particular, the new perception of gender roles (considering for instance that women gained the right to vote in Italy at the end of the Second World War); attitudes towards conflict itself; and the formation of Italian identity through language. The research is supported by Europeana14-18 and the Italian Institute for the History of the Resistance, and is hosted by University College Cork. It is supervised by Dr Silvia Ross, Senior Lecturer in Italian, with an international research record in contemporary Italian literature.

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