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.
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 236 pp., 3 ill.
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.