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Race and the Formation of the Italian National Imagination

Race and the Formation of the Italian National Imagination
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall rm 103
Time: Sep 19th, 4:00 pm End: Sep 19th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Sociology (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), French and Linguistics (UTSC), Comparative Literature (FAS), Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), African, 1900-1950
Lecture by Lucia Re, UCLA

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri
Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
University of Toronto
cordially invites you to a public lecture by

Lucia Re, University of California, Los Angeles
Race and the Formation of the Italian National Imagination

Thursday, September 19, 2013
4.00-6.00 pm
Carr Hall 103
100 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael’s College
University of Toronto
A reception will follow.
Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca
The creation of an imaginary Italian “race” during the war for the conquest of Libya (1911-12) contributed to unify Italians and give them the sense of being really one nation. Racism thus played a key role in the formation of the Italian national identity. The Libyan war itself had a paradoxically healing function. The north-south divide and the profoundly disintegrating differences of gender, class, and religious belief that threatened the very notion of a united Italy were at once repressed and forgotten, at least for a time.  In this process, writers and intellectuals took for the first time an active role that was no less powerful than that of politicians.
Lucia Re is Professor of Italian Literature and Gender Studies at the University of California in Los Angeles. She has published on modern and contemporary literature and culture, has translated works by Rosa Rosà and Amelia Rosselli and is one of the founders of the electronic interdisciplinary scholarly journal California Italian Studies, for which she co-edited (with Claudio Fogu) the volume Italy in the Mediterranean (2010). She is working on a book on Italian modernism and Africa.

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