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Diversifying Italy, a view from the U.S.

  • 15 Dec 2020 11:33 AM
    Message # 9431744

    Dear All,

    Given the challenges of taxonomies, categorizations, methodologies, and other forms of intellectual interrogations in this post-structural and post-ethnic age, I thought I would share with you an essay by two African/American womxn ( who are interrogating the African/Italian situation with particular attention to gender.

    I believe it constitutes an example of the greater permeability of borders (re, conf. in Ragusa), and it thus speaks to a seemingly new perspective of comparative studies from both an Americanist point of view as well as an Italianist perspective. It surely falls under the so-called “how they see us” category, and hence connects American studies to Italian studies and vice versa. Further still, it re-structures, if ever so slightly, “hyphenated” studies.  

    We highlighted the book this past February during an evening at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute ( and in March on our TV program (

    Buone feste a tutt*!

    Anthony Tamburri



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