The Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives

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The Cultures of Italian Migration allows the adjective "Italian" to qualify people's movements along diverse trajectories and temporal dimensions. Discussions on migrations to and from Italy meet in that discursive space where critical concepts like "home," "identity," "subjectivity," and "otherness" eschew stereotyping. This volume demonstrates that interpretations of old migrations are necessary in order to talk about contemporary Italy. New migrations trace new non linear paths in the definition of a ...

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The Cultures of Italian Migration allows the adjective "Italian" to qualify people's movements along diverse trajectories and temporal dimensions. Discussions on migrations to and from Italy meet in that discursive space where critical concepts like "home," "identity," "subjectivity," and "otherness" eschew stereotyping. This volume demonstrates that interpretations of old migrations are necessary in order to talk about contemporary Italy. New migrations trace new non linear paths in the definition of a multicultural Italy whose roots are unmistakably present throughout the centuries. Some of these essays concentrate on topics that are historically long-term, such as emigration from Italy to the Americas and southern Pacific Ocean. Others focus on the more contemporary phenomena of immigration to Italy from other parts of the world, including Africa. This collection ultimately offers an invitation to seek out new and different modes of analyzing the migratory act.

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Graziella Parati is professor of Italian, comparative literature and women's and gender studies at Dartmouth College Anthony Julian Tamburri is dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY and professor of Italian & Italian/American Studies

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Thinking Anew: An Introduction Graziella Parati Anthony Julian Tamburri 1

1 Screening the Silent Film: Reginald Barker's The Italian and the Resurgence of American Nativism Norma Bouchard 9

2 Dagli Appennini alle risaie: Italian Glocal Soundscapes, Memory, History, Performance in the Voice of Women Clarissa Clò 23

3 Voices of a Minor Empire: Migrant Women Writers in Contemporary Italy Lidia Curti 45

4 Beyond the European Fortress: Mappings of Migrant Trails in Yousef Wakkas's Narratives Roberto Derobertis 59

5 The Italian Ethnic Press in a Global Perspective Bénédicte Deschamps 75

6 Italianization of Emigration to Canada: Or, What is the Role of the Italies outside of Italy? Eveljn Ferraro 95

7 "Architextualizing" the Italian Immigration Experience to the United States: Bricklayers and Writers in John Fante's Works Teresa Fiore 109

8 Italiani agli antipodi: Italian Immigrant Identities in New Zealand Sarah Patricia Hill 127

9 "Staying Longer in Water Does not Turn a Stick into a Crocodile": The Transformative Powers of Senegalese Culture in Italy Cristina Lombardi-Diop 141

10 Italian Migrations and Diasporic Approaches: Historical Phenomena and Scholarly Interpretations Stefano Luconi 153

11 Transgression, Integration, Suspension: The Sense Wars / Space Wars of the Body in Italian Literature and Film of Immigration Vetri Nathan 169

12 Razzismi / Imbarazzismi: Comedy and Community in the Writings of Kossi Komla-Ebri Marie Orton 185

13 The Geographical Approach to the Study of Immigration in Italy: Space, Territory, Ethnic Landscapes Davide Papotti 197

14 Unwilling Multiculturalism: The Italian Immigrant Women and the Americanization Movement Emanuel Rota 217

15 Migrants, Subalterns, "Theorized-" and "No cost-" "Others": On the Role and the Abuse of the Representation of Migrants in the Current Study of South Asian Religious Cultures Federico Squarcini 253

Index 259

Notes on Contributors 269

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