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Colonialism, landscape, violence


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Sabina Sestigiani (Swinburne University) will give a talk in English, ‘Writing Colonisation: Violation, Landscape and the Act of Naming in Italian and Australian Literature’, in Monash’s RISM series at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra) on Thursday 11 June at 6.30pm. The talk will focus on Ennio Flaiano’s novel Tempo di uccidere (A Time to Kill, 1947), set in Ethiopia in the late 1930s at the time of the Italian Fascist colonial empire. It will discuss the novel’s depiction of the African landscape and indigenous people and will investigate the significance of violence in the colonial environment. Admittance is free but RSVP here is essential.

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Egypt, Jerusalem, Libya: Departure and Desire in Italian Women’s Writing

7e691395-4ce5-4204-a0b8-a994f7053800Patrizia Sambuco (Monash) will give a talk in English on ‘Egypt, Jerusalem, Libya: Journey through Italian Women’s Writing, 1890-1930’ at the Italian Cultural Institute, 233 Domain Road, South Yarra on Thursday 14 May at 6.30pm (admission free but reservation essential). The talk will tell the story of two Italian women writers, Matilde Serao and Pina Ballario, and the record of their encounters with people and places in the Middle East. At the beginning of the 1890s Matilde Serao was a solo traveller to Egypt and Jerusalem and published a travel book of her journey, Nel Paese di Gesù, which enjoyed extraordinary popularity. Pina Ballario, during the fascist period, wrote a successful novel, Fortuna sotto vento, set in colonial Libya. Both books represent the spirit of their time (pilgrimage and the Orient for Serao, and fascist ideology for Ballario) but have now almost faded into obscurity. Continue reading

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Ciyaal missioni: la stolen generation somala

Laura Lori   University of South Australia

GrandeSomaliasettembre1940Siamo in un momento storico in cui è necessario demistificare l’abusato ed anacronistico mito degli “Italiani brava gente”: molti, fra intellettuali, artisti ed accademici si stanno attivamente dedicando a farlo e all’interno degli studi di italianistica sta prendendo forma un rilevante filone di critica postcoloniale.

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Emotional geographies of Italian transnational spaces

Francesco Ricatti   University of the Sunshine Coast

CSR 19(2)The new issue of Cultural Studies Review (volume 19 issue 2) includes a section I have co-edited with Maurizio Marinelli on Emotional geographies of the uncanny: reinterpreting Italian transnational spaces. Our aim was to read transnational spaces constructed and inhabited by Italian migrants and settlers to Australasia as emotional spaces of uncanny perceptions, memories, narratives and identities. Drawing inspiration from the Freudian suggestions about the uncanny (das unheimliche), and later interpretations by Heiddeger, Derrida, Kristeva, Bhabha, Žižek, and Ahmed, we refer to the uncanny as the emotional reaction to something that is, at the same time, familiar and unfamiliar, homely and unhomely. The uncanny then becomes an aesthetic frame through which experiences of migration and colonialism can be read and interpreted. Continue reading

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