Rando, Gaetano / Turcotte, Gerry (eds)
Literary and Social Diasporas
An Italian Australian Perspective
Year of Publication: 2007
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 236 pp., 3 ill.
ISBN 978-90-5201-383-1 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.340 kg, 0.750 lbs
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This volume seeks to map an understanding of the Italian experience onto the broader picture of diasporic stories, though with an anchor in the Australian-Italian experience. It brings together key essays and testimonials that frame a picture of Italy’s rich legacy at «home», in Europe more widely, and in the (post)colonial sphere, with a particular emphasis on the Australian experience.
The essays collected here focus on the way an Italian Australian story has emerged and evolved in its own unique way. In some respects it might be possible to define Australia, through this community, as an Italian space, very much inscribed and described by the many voices that characterise it.
What is clear throughout these pages is that past, present and future circulate through and around each other, just as notions of nation – colonial, postcolonial, emigrant and immigrant – jostle for purchase in what is in fact a contested space always under negotiation.
Contents: Gerry Turcotte/Gaetano Rando: Introduction. Italian Australian Studies: A (Post)Colonial Perspective – Venero Armanno: Under the Volcano – Pino Bosi: Australia cane - Fifty Years Later – Antonio Casella: Literature of Nostalgia: The Long Voyage – Archimede Fusillo: Tales My Nonna Told Me – Jan Sardi: Growing up Italian and Making Movies – Francesca Matteini: Intellectual Migrations: The Winds of Change – Peter Tesoriero: The Aeolian Diaspora – Jessica Carniel: «Identities Made in the Kitchen Taste the Best»: Consumption and Denial of Italian Australian Ethnicity as Food in Capaldo’s Love Takes You Home – John Gatt-Rutter: Writing the Life of an Italian Australian: Piero Genovesi’s Sebastiano Pitruzzello: l’uomo - la famiglia - l’industria – Gaetano Rando: Expressions of the Calabrian Diaspora in Calabrian Australian Writing – Rita Wilson: Cultural (Re)Locations: Narratives by Contemporary Italian Australian Women – Gianfranco Cresciani: A Clash of Civilisations? The Slovene and Italian Minorities and the Problem of Trieste from Borovnica to Bonegilla – Joseph Pugliese: Noi Altri: Italy’s Other Geopolitical Identities, Racialised Genealogies and Inter-Cultural Histories – Francesco Ricatti: Sexual and Ethnic Identity in a Migratory Context: Letters to an Italo-Australian Newspaper – Michele Sapucci: Dealing with Second Generations.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editors: Gaetano Rando is Associate Professor in Italian Studies and English Language and Linguistics at the University of Wollongong. He has written extensively on Italian Australian studies and the associated migration and cultural issues.
Gerry Turcotte is Professor of English and Executive Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. He is the author and editor of fourteen books including the novel Flying in Silence which was short-listed for The Age Book of the Year in 2001.