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Black Italia : migrant voices from Africa

Alessandra Di Maio

Title:
Black Italia : migrant voices from Africa
Author(s):
Di Maio, Alessandra
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Type:
Working papers
Department(s):
Italian Academy
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Series:
Italian Academy Fellows' Seminar Working Papers
Publisher:
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
Through the centuries, historical and fictional characters of African descent have been an integral part of Italian culture at large – from Hannibal to Othello, to ‘Faccetta Nera’, up to present-day immigrants. Yet their presence, in history as much as in the arts, has often been marginalized, or considered episodic, if not entirely overlooked by Italy’s dominant discourse. The recent arrival of a plethora of immigrants from the four corners of the world, many of whom from African countries, has urged Italians to recuperate their African past as an essential, and often problematic, component of their national identity. Yet historical sources appear fragmentary and often interpolated. How to re-compose the neglected African Italian heritage?
Subject(s):
African studies
European studies
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Alessandra Di Maio, , Black Italia : migrant voices from Africa, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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