© 2012

Postcolonial Italy

Challenging National Homogeneity

  • Editors
  • Cristina Lombardi-Diop
  • Caterina Romeo

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Caterina Romeo
      Pages 1-29
  3. The Italian Postcolonial

    1. Robert J. C. Young
      Pages 31-34
  4. European and Global Trajectories

  5. Shared Memories, Contested Proximities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Alessandro Triulzi
      Pages 103-113
    3. Barbara Spackman
      Pages 125-138
    4. Giovanna Trento
      Pages 139-155
    5. Roberto Derobertis
      Pages 157-171
  6. Intimations and Intimacies of Race

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Cristina Lombardi-Diop
      Pages 175-190
    3. Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto
      Pages 191-203
    4. Caterina Romeo
      Pages 221-236
  7. Postnational Aesthetics, Transcultural Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237

About this book


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.


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About the authors

Robert J. C. Young, New York University, USA Sandro Mezzadra, University Of Bologna, Italy Sanra Ponzanesi, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Teresa Fiore, Montclair State University, Usa Miguel Mellino, University Of Naples "L'orientale" Alessandro Triulzi, Università Di Napoli "L'orientale" Derek Duncan, University Of Bristol, UK Giovanna Trento, University Of The Western Cape, South Africa Roberto Derobertis, University Of Bari, Italy Sabrina Marchetti, European University Institute In Florence, Italy Barbara De Vivo, University Of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto, Auburn University, USA Áine O'Healy, Loyola Marymount University, USA Isabella Clough Marinaro, The American University Of Rome, Italy Alessandro Jedlowsk, University Of Naples "L'orientale" Shelleen Greene, University Of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA Alessandro Portelli, University Of Rome "La Sapienza" Clarissa Clo, San Diego State University, USA

Bibliographic information


"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