In the century between 1870 and 1970, about twenty-seven million migrants left Italy to work and live abroad. As a result, the worldwide Italian diaspora reportedly numbers more than sixty million people. Until now, however, there has not been an anthology devoted to the literature of the Italian diaspora that places it in a global context. This landmark volume presents a truly international selection of works by more than seventy Italian-language poets who are writing in countries from Australia to Venezuela. Their poetry is collected here into eleven geographical regions. The history and current state of Italian-language poetry in each region receives a critical overview by a knowledgeable scholar, who also introduces each poet and provides a bibliography of his or her work. All poems appear on facing pages in both Italian and English.
Poets of the Italian Diaspora is part of a long-range project, by the editors and contributors, to expand the boundaries of the Italian literary canon.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 1115
Weight: 2313 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 61 mm
Poets of the Italian Diaspora: A Bilingual Anthology is both an historical and ground-breaking book. It is at the forefront in the recognition of Italophone literature, something that Italy should have unearthed decades ago. With this anthology, Bonaffini and Perricone offer the reader, for the first time, a broad panorama of modern and contemporary Italian lyrical writing outside the geo-cultural boundaries of Italy. -- -Anthony Julian Tamburri * Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute *
Perricone and Bonafini have collected the best Italian emigre poets from around the world. Here is a rich sampling of their poetry. Whether you call them immigrants, exiles, refugees or displaced persons, every one speaks from the soul with an Italian accent, expressing sentiments of a global phenomenon through a shared native language. The accompanying translations enable English speakers to connect to their experiences. The result is a collection that enables comparative Italian Diasporan studies on a scale never before attempted. -- -Fred Gardaphe * John D. Calandra Institute *
"An outstanding pioneering work that will mark a milestone in Italian Studies and will serve as the foundation of a new discipline, the literature of the Italian Diaspora." -- -Sante Matteo * Miami University *