Shevlyakova D.A. Depicting Italy in Singers-songwriters’ Songs
This article analyzes singers-songwriters’ songs, laying special emphasis on the characteristics of the songs by Adriano Chelentano, Gianni Morandi, and Toto Cutugno – the unity of the poetic word and music, their folk and/or parafolk character, and the ability to express national identity. Italy in their songs is largely portrayed through the landscape of the country, it is loved as ‘a small homeland’, and is made up of a myriad of material culture elements. It is argued that in the collective unconscious, the image of the united country has been for centuries shaped on the basis of common customs and traditions, habits and objective world items, rituals and cults.
image of Italy, singers-songwriters’ songs, culture of Italy, Italian national character, Italian mentality, national identity