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Biographical note:

Luisa Passerini is an oral historian, writer, and professor of history. She began her career as a researcher in Tanzania and Zambia. Returning to Italy, she became involved in the movements of the late 1960s and 1970s, particularly the feminist movement, about which she has written a memoir,

Autobiography of a Generation. She has taught in Australia, Germany, and the United States as well as in Italy, where she is a Professor of History at the University of Turin, and has just completed a term as a Professor of 20th Century History at the European University Institute in Florence. Passerini is the author of seven books and the editor of eight. She has done pioneering oral history work on the World War II period, focussing on themes of memory and the Resistance; fascism and the working class; and is currently doing an intellectual history of European identity in relation to the idea of love.


  • Fascism in Popular Memory: The Cultural Experience of the Turin Working Class. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987. (Translation of Torino operaia e fascismo. Laterza: Roma-Bari, 1984.)
  • "Puet-on donner de 1968 une historie à la premier personne?"; and "Le mouvement de 1968 comme prise de parole et comme explosion de subjectivité: le cas de Turin." Special issue, Memoires et histories de 1968. Le mouvement social, 143 (1988).
  • Storia e soggettività, Le fonti orali, la memoria. Firenze: La Nuova Italia, 1988.
  • Mussolini immaginario, Storia di una biografia 1915-39. Laterza: Roma-Bari,1991.
  • Storie di donne e femministe. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier, 1991.
  • Autobiography of a Generation, Italy 1968. Forward by Joan Wallach Scott. Hanover-London: Wesleyan University Press, 1996. (Translation of Autoritratto di gruppo. Firenze: Giunti-Astrea, 1988.)
  • Europe in Love, Love in Europe: Imagination and Politics in Britain between the Wars. London: I. B. Tauris, 1998; New York: New York University Press, 1999. (Translated into Italian by il Saggiatore, Milano, 1999.)
  • Sparagmata tou 20ou Aiona . Fragments of the 20th Century, translations of various writings. Athens: Nefele, 1998.

Edited volumes

  • Colonialismo portoghese e lotta di liberazione nel Mozambico. Torino: Einaudi, 1970.
  • Passerini, Luisa, and Giovanni Arrighi. La politica della parentela. Analisi situazionali di societa africane in transizione. Milano: Feltrinelli, 1976.
  • Storia orale. Vita quotidiana e cultura materiale delle classi subalterne. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier, 1978.
  • Passerini, Luisa, Aldo Agosti, and Nicola Tranfaglia. La cultura e i luoghi del '68. Milano: Franco Angeli, 1991. (And author of article within it.)
  • Memory and Totalitarianism. Volume 1, International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Passerini, Luisa, Selma Leydesdorff, and Paul Thompson. Gender and Memory. Volume 4, International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Identità culturale d'europea; Idee, sentimenti, relazione. Firenze: La Nuova Italia, 1998.





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