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Postcolonial Italy
Challenging National Homogeneity
 
 
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This volume constitutes a multidisciplinary intervention into the emerging field of postcolonial studies in Italy, bringing together cultural and social history, critical and political theory, literary and cinematic analyses, ethnomusicology and cultural studies, anthropological fieldwork, and race, gender, diaspora, and urban studies. It deals with four primary thematic areas: the articulation of an Italian postcolonial theory and new global citizenships; Italian politics and the legacy of race; the empire in the collective imaginary; and the challenges posed to the constructed homogeneity of the national community.


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This volume constitutes a multidisciplinary intervention into the emerging field of postcolonial studies in Italy, bringing together cultural and social history, critical and political theory, literary and cinematic analyses, ethnomusicology and cultural studies, anthropological fieldwork, and race, gender, diaspora, and urban studies. It deals with four primary thematic areas: the articulation of an Italian postcolonial theory and new global citizenships; Italian politics and the legacy of race; the empire in the collective imaginary; and the challenges posed to the constructed homogeneity of the national community.


Reviews

"An important contribution to the field of postcolonial studies, this volume offers wide-ranging and provocative analyses of the intricately interconnected legacies of colonialism, emigration, and global migration in Italy. Mapping a landscape of postcolonial studies that is unique to Italy in terms of its regimes of race, gender, citizenship and cultural transformations, Postcolonial Italy engenders radically new and challenging critiques of hegemonic British/Indian/USA centered formulations of postcolonial studies." - Chandra Talpade Mohanty, author of Feminism Without Borders, Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (2003)

"An essential book for any scholar of modern Italy, but in fact for anybody interested in the perduring effects of colonialism in today's globalized world, Postcolonial Italy has the rare merit of casting a bold look not only at the silenced history of Italian colonialism overseas, but also at that chapter of Italy's internal colonialism known as 'the southern question.' The contributions, drawing from postcolonial studies, cultural studies, race theory, and gender studies, will be of compelling interest to readers in a wide range of fields." - Roberto Dainotto, Professor of Italian and of Literature, Duke University, USA

"This is an important collection of critical essays which engages head-on with the challenging inheritance of colonialism. Today, it is the return of this negated past in representations of race, racism and the much-maligned migrant that poses the principal political challenge of a heterogeneous, postcolonial Italy." - Iain Chambers, Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale,' Italy


Contents

1. The Italian Postcolonial; Robert J.C. Young
PART I: EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL TRAJECTORIES
2. The New European Migratory Regime and the Shifting Patterns of Contemporary Racism; Sandro Mezzadra
3. The Postcolonial Turn in Italian Studies: European Perspectives; Sandra Ponzanesi
4. The Emigrant Post-'Colonia' in Contemporary Immigrant Italy; Teresa Fiore
5. De-provincializing Italy: Notes on Race, Racialization and Italy's Coloniality; Miguel Mellino
PART II: SHARED MEMORIES, CONTESTED PROXIMITIES
6. Hidden Faces, Hidden Histories: Contrasting Voices of Postcolonial Italy; Alessandro Triulzi
7. Shooting the Colonial Past in Contemporary Italian Cinema: Effects of Deferral in Good Morning Aman; Derek Duncan
8. Italians DOC? Posing and Passing from Giovanni Finati to Amara Lakhous; Barbara Spackman
9. Pier Paolo Pasolini in Eritrea: Subalternity, Grace, Nostalgia and the 'Rediscovery' of Italian Colonialism in the Horn of Africa; Giovanna Trento
10. Southerners, Migrants, Colonized: A Postcolonial Perspective on Carlo Levi's Cristo si è fermato a Eboli and Southern Italy Today; Roberto Derobertis
PART III: INTIMATIONS AND INTIMACIES OF RACE
11. Postracial/Postcolonial Italy; Cristina Lombardi-Diop
12. Blaxploitation Italian Style: Exhuming and Consuming the Colonial Black Venus in 1970s Cinema in Italy; Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto
13. Screening Intimacy and Racial Difference in Postcolonial Italy; Áine O'Healy
14. Race Evaporations: Representing Blackness in African Italian Postcolonial Literature; Caterina Romeo
PART IV: POSTNATIONAL AESTHETICS, TRANSCULTURAL PRODUCTION
15. On the Periphery of Nollywood: Nigerian Video Filmmaking in Italy and the Emergence of an Intercultural Aesthetics; Alessandro Jedlowski
16. Envisioning Postcolonial Italy: Haile Gerima's Adwa: An African Victory and Isaac Julien's Western Union: Small Boats; Shelleen Greene
17. "Roma Forestiera": A Project on Migrant Music in Rome; Alessandro Portelli
18. Hip Pop Italian-Style: The Postcolonial Imagination of Second Generation Authors in Italy; Clarissa Clò


Authors

Cristina Lombardi-Diop is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Women's Studies and Gender Studies and in Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University, Chicago, USA. She is Editor and translator of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Moving the Center (2000) and editor of Gabriella Ghermandi's Regina di fiori e di perle (2007). Her essays on white femininity and colonialism, African Italian diasporic literature, and space and migration have appeared in edited collections and journals such as Italian Culture, Romance Language Annuals, Afriche e Orienti, and Interventions. Her book, Bianco e nero: Storia dell'identità razziale degli italiani, is forthcoming for Le Monnier in 2013.

Caterina Romeo is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Rome 'Sapienza', Italy. She is the author of Narrative tra due sponde: Memoir di italiane d'America (2005) and has co-edited a double monographic issue of Dialectical Anthropology on contemporary migrations in Europe and a monographic issue of tutteStorie on Italian American women authors. She has translated into Italian the work of numerous Italian American women writers, among them Louise DeSalvo's Vertigo (2006) and Kym Ragusa's The Skin between Us (2008).