Italian Australian Studies: a (Post) Colonial Perspective
In a recent issue of ‘Interventions’ dedicated to a reappraisal of Italian studies, the editors comment on the way postcolonial approaches to the subject of Italian experience have been slow to take hold. They argue that colonialism "is still a significantly under-studied area in the Italian academy when compared to fascism, the Resistance and the workers' movement, on which there is a wealth of scholarship" (De Donna and Srivastava, 2006: 371). If it is true that "It is only very recently that scholars have begun integrating 'the history of Italian colonialism into larger narratives of Italian national experience"' (Ben-Ghiat and Fuller cited in De Donna and Srivastava, 2006: 371), then this present collection is important for expanding the story of Italy's influences in multiple intersecting fields. This volume brings together key essays and testimonials that frame a picture of Italy's rich legacy at "home", in Europe more widely, and of course in the (post)colonial sphere, with a particular emphasis on the Australian experience. What is clear throughout these pages, however, 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.
Turcotte, G., & Rando, G. (2007). Italian Australian studies: A (post) colonial perspective. In G. Turcotte, & G Rando (Eds.), Literary and social diasporas: An Italian Australian perspective (pp. 9-20). Bruxelles, New York, Oxford: P.I.E. Peter Lang.