© 2016

Objects in Italian Life and Culture

Fiction, Migration, and Artificiality


Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Paolo Bartoloni
    Pages 1-19
  3. Paolo Bartoloni
    Pages 21-39
  4. Paolo Bartoloni
    Pages 41-93
  5. Paolo Bartoloni
    Pages 95-120
  6. Paolo Bartoloni
    Pages 121-154
  7. Paolo Bartoloni
    Pages 155-174
  8. Paolo Bartoloni
    Pages 175-179
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 181-203

About this book


This book makes visible the hidden relations between things and individuals through a discussion of creative processes and cultural practices. It engages with fascinating Italian life and culture are filled with objects that cross, accompany, facilitate or disrupt experience, desires, and dreams. Yet in spite of their ubiquity, theoretical engagement in the Italian context is still underdeveloped. Paolo Bartoloni investigates four typologies—the fictional, migrant, multicultural/transnational, and the artificial—to hypothesize that the ability to treat things as partners of emotional and creative expression creates a sense of identity predicated on inclusivity, openness, care, and attention. 


Italian cultural theory Modernism Postmodernism Thing theory Transcultural studies Migration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Italian, Arts Millennium BuildingNational University of Ireland Italian, Arts Millennium BuildingGalwayIreland

About the authors

Paolo Bartoloni is Established Professor of Italian at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is the author of Sapere di scrivere. Svevo e gli ordigni di La coscienza di Zeno (2015); On the Cultures of Exile, Translation and Writing (2008); and Interstitial Writing: Calvino, Caproni, Sereni and Svevo (2003).   

Bibliographic information


“Bartolini demonstrates a keen grasp of his subject, not only when he is exploring the scholarly landscape but also when considering broader themes and modalities, thus offering a balanced and discriminating analysis of the cultural life and value of objects in an Italian context. His typologies engage the reader and provide valuable theoretical and cultural insights for a more profound understanding of the life of objects and things.” (Diana Glenn, Italian American Review, Vol. 9 (1), 2019)