Transnational Italian Studies

BookTransnational Italian Studies

Transnational Italian Studies

Transnational Modern Languages, 4


July 17th, 2020



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Transnational Italian Studies is specifically targeted at a student audience and is designed to be used as a key text when approaching the disciplinary field of Italian studies. It allows the study of Italian culture to be construed and practised not simply as the inquiry into a national tradition but as the study of the interaction of cultural practices both within Italy itself and in those parts of the world that have witnessed the extent of Italian mobility. The text argues that Italian culture needs to be considered in a transnational/transcultural perspective and that an understanding of linguistic and cultural translation underlies all approaches to the study of Italian culture in a global context. Contributions deploy a range of methodological approaches to understand and illustrate how language operates, how culture inhabits and constitutes public and private space, how notions of time operate within people’s lives, and the multiple ways in which people experience a sense of personhood. Chapters stretch from the medieval period to the present and demonstrate how transnational Italian culture can be critically addressed through the examination of carefully chosen examples.
Contributors: Alessandra Diazzi, Andrea Rizzi, Barbara Spadaro, Charles Burdett, Clorinda Donato, David Bowe, Derek Duncan, Donna Gabaccia, Eugenia Paulicelli, Fabio Camilletti, Giuliana Muscio, Jennifer Burns, Loredana Polezzi, Marco Santello, Monica Jansen, Naomi Wells, Nathalie Hester, Serena Bassi, Stefania Tufi, Teresa Fiore and Tristan Kay.

“This is an extremely rich and valuable contribution to research, that offers a wide range of perspectives on transnational Italy and Italian cultures.”
Charlotte Ross, University of Birmingham

Author Information

Charles Burdett is Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Durham Loredana Polezzi is Alfonse M. D’Amato Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies at Stony Brook University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Figures9
List of Contributors13
Part One: Language43
1. Translation and Transnational: Creative Practices in Italian Culture45
2. Renaissance Translators, Transnational Literature and Intertraffique67
3. Linguistic Landscapes of Urban Italy: Perspectives on Transnational Identities81
4. Transnational Flows and Translanguaging Repertoires: Exploring Multilingualism and Migration in Contemporary Italy107
Part Two: Spatiality125
5. Transnationalism and the Epic Tradition in Baroque Italian Travel Literature127
6. La fuga dei cervelli, the Grand Tour and the Circulation of Knowledge: Transnational Italian Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century145
7. Italians in Hollywood165
8. Italy and Italian Studies in the Transnational Space of Migration and Colonial Routes181
9. Mobile Homes: Transnational Subjects and the (Re)Creation of Home Spaces197
Part Three: Temporality213
10. Making Pre-Modern Time: Guittone, Dante and Petrarch215
11. Italian Renaissance Costume Books: Imagining Nation in an Increasingly Transnational World231
12. Translating People and Places between Sicily and the United States, 1880–1960253
13. Addressing the Representation of the Italian Empire and Its Afterlife269
14. Transnational Italian Comics: Graphic Journalism across Memories and Cultures287
Part Four: Subjectivity309
15. Dante and the Transnational Turn311
16. Conscience, Consciousness, the Unconscious: The Italian Subject and Psychoanalysis329
17. Speaking in Class: Accented Voices in Transnational Italian Cinema347
18. Transnational Subjectivities and Victimhood in Italy after the 2001 Genoa G8 Summit363
19. Queer Translanguagers versus Inclusive Language: Translingual Practices and Queer Italian Studies381