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Pre-Occupied SpacesRemapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies$
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Teresa Fiore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274321

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.001.0001

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All at One Point: The Unlikely Connections between Italy’s Emigration, Immigration, and (Post)Colonialism

All at One Point: The Unlikely Connections between Italy’s Emigration, Immigration, and (Post)Colonialism

(p.1) Introduction All at One Point: The Unlikely Connections between Italy’s Emigration, Immigration, and (Post)Colonialism
Pre-Occupied Spaces

Teresa Fiore

Fordham University Press

The introduction opens with a reading of Italo Calvino’s poignant short story “All at One Point.” It relies on statistical data, sociological studies, and historical facts to address the connections between emigration from Italy and immigration to Italy, as well as Italian colonialism in Africa and the Mediterranean, and its postcolonial legacy. This intersection prompts a re-mapping of the Italian nation and poses Italy as a unique laboratory to rethink national belonging at large in our era of massive demographic mobility. The introduction explains the application of theories of space by de Certeau, Lefebvre, and Soja to the trans-national dimension of the Italian nation and highlights the main goals of the book. The introduction offers a fairly comprehensive survey of the fields that the book is in dialogue with by positioning itself vis-à-vis previous publications and also functions as an overview. It highlights the double approach of the book which is, on one hand to focus on texts that address both emigration and immigration or colonialism in conjunction; and, on the other, to connect texts that can be fruitfully read in tandem in order to create historical and cultural reverberations.

Keywords:   Calvino, colonialism, diaspora, diaspora, immigration, Italy, preoccupation

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