Coming of Age Onstage
This chapter discusses the melodrama of family life and coming of age as envisioned in the neomelodica scene, where family life takes on the affective and aesthetic qualities of a sceneggiata, a figural male life course. This narrative path of manhood is figurative of the personal sovereignty intertwined in acts of making do. In the first act a boy and his father speculate on opportunities in the neomelodica scene, and in the process they discuss the malavitosi. In the second act, the son must make the transition to husband and father by marrying; and in acting upon his personal sovereignty in this area, he stumbles upon malavitosi and their enticements. In the final act the son, now married, tries to seize more than the meager share of well-being available to an ordinary enterprising man engaged in the art of making do.
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