Critical Studies in Italian America

Critical Studies in Italian America A book series from Fordham University Press on the history and culture of Italian Americans.

Edited by: Nancy C. Carnevale, Montclair State University Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College Series Advisory Board: Simone Cinotto, Professor of History, Universita' degli Studi di Torino Thomas J. Ferraro, Professor of English, Duke University Donna Gabaccia, Professor of History, University of Toronto Edvige Giunta, Professor of English, New Jersey City University Joseph Sciorra, Associate Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College (CUNY) Pasquale Verdicchio, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of California at San Diego

Danielle Battisti will be sharing her research in Rochester, NY later this month.
06/12/2019

Danielle Battisti will be sharing her research in Rochester, NY later this month.

In Rochester, NY.

We are excited that this important collection will be out in paperback in the fall!
05/23/2019

We are excited that this important collection will be out in paperback in the fall!

Out in paperback in December!

Stefano Luconi recently reviewed Danielle Battisti's WHOM WE SHALL OVERCOME for the H-Italy network"In Battisti’s bril...
05/21/2019
Luconi on Battisti, 'Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965' | H-Italy | H-Net

Stefano Luconi recently reviewed Danielle Battisti's WHOM WE SHALL OVERCOME for the H-Italy network

"In Battisti’s brilliant appraisal, therefore, the call for immigration reform was part of Italian Americans’ longing for full membership in a still prevailing white society."

Danielle Battisti. Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965. Critical Studies in Italian America Series. New York: Fordham University Press, 2019. 352 pp. $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8232-8438-2.

On Teresa Fiore's book, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" and he...
05/12/2019
Italy Is “Pre-Occupied”… And So Are We

On Teresa Fiore's book, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" and her presentation at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City last week.

The book addresses the topic of transnational migrations from, and to Italy in the 20th and 21st centuries Two years after its publication, Fiore claims that...

The Legacy of Louise De Salvo
05/03/2019

The Legacy of Louise De Salvo

The Legacy of Louise DeSalvo.

Fordham University Press books on display, including those in our series, at the yearly John D. Calandra Italian America...
04/26/2019

Fordham University Press books on display, including those in our series, at the yearly John D. Calandra Italian American Institute conference

Coming up in May in NYC
04/04/2019

Coming up in May in NYC

Save the date!

New banner for our series made up of the covers from the most recent five books we’ve published--with books written or...
04/03/2019

New banner for our series made up of the covers from the most recent five books we’ve published--with books written or edited by Danielle Battisti, Giuliana Muscio, Nancy Caronia, Edi Giunta, Teresa Fiore, and Luisa Del Giudice

Daniel Franklin Ward (Syracuse University) recently reviewed Luisa Del Giudice's  _Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts_--see ...
03/08/2019

Daniel Franklin Ward (Syracuse University) recently reviewed Luisa Del Giudice's _Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts_--see the first page of the review attached here. We are always happy to read new reviews of the books in our series!

You can read the full review in:
_Journal of American Folklore_: Winter 2019, Vol. 132, No. 523: pp. 87-89 (by Daniel Franklin Ward)

#CriticalItalianAmericanFUP

"Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies" pays tribute to Louise DeSalvo, including a piece by Nancy Caronia and  Edi Giu...
03/02/2019
5.2 Tribute to Louise DeSalvo

"Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies" pays tribute to Louise DeSalvo, including a piece by Nancy Caronia and Edi Giunta, editors of the book in our series on DeSalvo

​“Life, I have always believed,” Louise DeSalvo wrote in Vertigo , “is too short to have even one bad meal.” She also wrote: “The most productive writers and creative people I know...

02/22/2019
www.h-net.org

a new review of Teresa Fiore's "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and
Colonial Legacies"

Reviewed by Joseph Viscomi (New York University)

Published on H-Italy (February, 2019)

Commissioned by Matteo Pretelli i (University of Naples ”L’Orientale”)

On Apr 11 2019, Danielle Battisti will be speaking about her new book, "Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Imm...
02/22/2019
Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945–1965

On Apr 11 2019, Danielle Battisti will be speaking about her new book, "Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945–1965" (Fordham 2019), at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City. Details below.

Danielle Battisti University of Nebraska–Omaha In Whom We Shall Welcome (Fordham University Press, 2019), Danielle Battisti examines post–World War II immigration by Italians to the United States. …

We are excited to announce the release of the latest book in our series - Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and I...
02/20/2019

We are excited to announce the release of the latest book in our series - Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965 - by Danielle Battisti (Fordham University Press, 2019)

Here is the cover and the Table of Contents

#fordhampress #CriticalItalianAmericanFUP

Ohio State University is hosting Teresa Fiore this week as a "scholar in residence," a three-day series of talks, screen...
02/12/2019
Scholar in Residence Teresa Fiore

Ohio State University is hosting Teresa Fiore this week as a "scholar in residence," a three-day series of talks, screenings, and public exchanges with Fiore about her work on Italy and migration, stemming in great part from her award-winning book, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies," which was published in 2017 in our series.

We are pleased to share this new review written by Patrizia La Trecchia of -- PERSONAL EFFECTS -- a collection in our se...
02/11/2019
Patrizia La Trecchia, Ph.D.

We are pleased to share this new review written by Patrizia La Trecchia of -- PERSONAL EFFECTS -- a collection in our series on the work of Louise DeSalvo, co-edited by Nancy Caronia and Edi Giunta.

Life got in the way and, alas, I missed the deadline with the essay I started writing when I was asked to contribute to this volume about one of my favorite authors... but I got to write the review!
Check out the journal Altreitalie and thank you review editor Evelyn Ferraro.
Congratulation to the editors of the volume Edi Giunta and Nancy Caronia and to all the amazing contributors, among which, my Florida colleague Ilaria Serra and Dean extraordinaire Anthony Julian Tamburri for the afterword!

https://www.altreitalie.it/pubblicazioni/rivista/n-57/rassegna/nancy-caronia-and-edvige-giunta-eds-personal-effects-essays-on-memoir-teaching-and-culture-in-the-works-of-louise-desalvo.kl

We are looking forward to the release later this year of the latest book in our series - WHOM WE SHALL WELCOME: ITALIAN ...
01/29/2019
Whom We Shall Welcome

We are looking forward to the release later this year of the latest book in our series - WHOM WE SHALL WELCOME:
ITALIAN AMERICANS AND IMMIGRATION REFORM, 1945-1965 - by Danielle Battisti

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her award-winning book "Pre-Occupied Spaces" in Palermo on January 10, 2019. Details bel...
01/04/2019

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her award-winning book "Pre-Occupied Spaces" in Palermo on January 10, 2019. Details below.

Congratulations to Teresa Fiore who was awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the MLA (Modern Language Association) f...
12/06/2018

Congratulations to Teresa Fiore who was awarded the
Howard R. Marraro Prize from the MLA (Modern Language Association) for her book in the #CriticalItalianAmercanFUP series, "Pre-occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’sTransnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" (Fordham University Press, 2017)

More information and the full list of MLA prizes for this year can be seen at this link: https://www.mla.org/content/download/104766/2312032/Publication-Prize-Winners-2018-Competitions.pdf?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=SocialPosts

Great to see the New York Times take note of Fordham University Press books in their NYC-gift book list for 2019.
11/30/2018
The New York Times: 9 Gift Books for the Discerning New Yorker - Fordham University Press

Great to see the New York Times take note of Fordham University Press books in their NYC-gift book list for 2019.

BOOKSHELF | The New York Times | November 29, 2018 By Sam Roberts In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators reimagines the story behind the span and its engineers through the lens of Barbara Mensch, a photographer who has lived for decades in a maritime warehouse…

recent review of Teresa Fiore's "Preoccupied Spaces" from "Annali di Italianistica" 36 (2018) by Melissa Coburn: pp. 465...
11/26/2018

recent review of Teresa Fiore's "Preoccupied Spaces" from "Annali di Italianistica" 36 (2018) by Melissa Coburn: pp. 465-7 (posting it here in two jpegs)

11/02/2018
Louise A DeSalvo at Personal Effects book event, Calandra Institute, NYC

Thanks Joshua Fausty for sharing this 2014 video of Louise DeSalvo speaking at the book event for "Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo" (Eds. Edi Giunta and Nancy Caronia, Fordham, 2014) at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Louise A DeSalvo speaks at "Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo" book event, Calandra Institute, NYC (Dec...

We share here a letter Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, published yeste...
11/01/2018
John D Calandra Italian American Institute

We share here a letter Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, published yesterday about the life work of Louise DeSalvo.

It is with deep sadness that I write this email. In the early morning of October 31, Louise A. DeSalvo lost her battle to a devastating disease. Scholar, fiction writer, professor, and model for a plethora of students and young writers, Louise was the Jenny Hunter Endowed Scholar for Creative Writing and Literature at Hunter College, The City University of New York.

A ground-breaking scholar and biographer, her work on Virginia Woolf has been greatly influential and remains among the most authoritative works on the British writer. Further still, her own writing, as both fiction writer and memorialist, places her within the echelon of prominent cultural brokers. She dedicated a great deal of her memoir writing and essays to her working-class, Italian/American background. Indeed, some will consider her one of our best Italian American writers we have, and correct they are. I, in turn, will place her among the more influential of our more grand American literary tradition: to be sure, in the upper tier of the best.

I came to know Louise upon my arrival at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. I was also a fan of her first novel, Casting Off (1987); and when I found it was out of print, at Bordighera Press we decided to reprint it in 2014. During that same period, I was invited to write the "Afterword" to the collection Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham University Press, 2015). I stated then, and I still believe, that Louise DeSalvo is "that requisite model of courage and fortitude [for young women writers] with regard to their own writing, so that they, too, may speak aloud their own liberating truths. Accented, for sure, because DeSalvo had decided early on in her career to wear the mantel of an Italian-American woman writer in 'A Portrait of the Puttana as a Middle-Aged Woolf Scholar.' In this, Louise DeSalvo has succeeded in furrowing new paths for the Italian-American woman writer who, through oppressive, historical restrictions, has remained silent much too long."

May Louise be remembered as the pioneer she was in her professional life and as the generous and welcoming individual she was overall. Her powerful voice and welcoming personality will surely be missed.

With profound sadness,

Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean

Louise A. DeSalvo, PhD, 76, died in her home in Montclair on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with her husband Ernest J. DeSalvo, MD,...
11/01/2018
Obituary: Montclair resident Louise A. DeSalvo, Ph.D

Louise A. DeSalvo, PhD, 76, died in her home in Montclair on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with her husband Ernest J. DeSalvo, MD, of 55 years by her side.

Memoirist, biographer, scholar, teacher and mentor to a myriad students and writers, Louise had a literary career as distinguished as it was groundbreaking.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Louise DeSalvo’s name to ProLiteracy at proliteracy.org/donate.

Louise A. DeSalvo, died on Oct. 31. Services will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St.

It is with deep sadness that we share here the news of Louise DeSalvo's passing. An acclaimed author, editor, teacher, c...
10/31/2018

It is with deep sadness that we share here the news of Louise DeSalvo's passing. An acclaimed author, editor, teacher, colleague, and friend to many involved in Italian American studies, DeSalvo's writing and life work inspired and engaged so many.

Fordham's series, Critical Studies in Italian America, sends the most sincerest of condolences out to her loved ones.

The Graduate Center (CUNY) hosted Giuliana Muscio (Università di Padova) speaking about her new book “Napoli/New York...
10/26/2018

The Graduate Center (CUNY) hosted Giuliana Muscio (Università di Padova) speaking about her new book “Napoli/New York/Hollywood: Film Between Italy and the United States” in the Critical Studies in Italian America series with Fordham University Press. (Thanks Stanislao Pugliese for the snapshot.)

We are at the Italian American Studies Association annual conference in Chicago this weekend.
10/19/2018

We are at the Italian American Studies Association annual conference in Chicago this weekend.

Giuliana Muscio will be presenting her forthcoming book in our series, "Napoli/New York/Hollywood: Film between Italy an...
10/04/2018
Le Giornate del Cinema Muto | Filmfair

Giuliana Muscio will be presenting her forthcoming book in our series, "Napoli/New York/Hollywood: Film between Italy and the United States", at the silent film festival in Pordenone, Italy, the Giornate del Cinema Muto

fiera del libro e del collezionismo cinematografico Pordenone, 6 > 13 ottobre 2018

Flyer announcement for the forthcoming book in our series, by Giuliana Muscio's NAPOLI/NEW YORK/HOLLYWOOD: FILM BETWEEN ...
09/18/2018

Flyer announcement for the forthcoming book in our series, by Giuliana Muscio's
NAPOLI/NEW YORK/HOLLYWOOD: FILM BETWEEN ITALY AND THE UNITED STATES

Teresa Fiore presenting in San Diego this October
09/16/2018
Arts and Sciences Events Calendar - Lecture by Dr. Teresa Fiore: "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies." - University of San Diego

Teresa Fiore presenting in San Diego this October

Adapted from Dr. Fiore’s recent book Pre-occupied Spaces (Fordham UP 2017), winner of the 2017 American Association of Italian Studies Book Prize, this lecture poses Italy as a unique laboratory to rethink national belonging and participation at large in our era of massive demographic mobility. It...

09/14/2018
www.gendersexualityitaly.com

a recent review of Teresa Fiore's _Pre-Occupied Spaces_, written by Giovanna Bellesia in _gender/sexuality/italy_ 5 (2018, pp. 281-3)

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her award-winning book in our series, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnatio...
08/23/2018
Pre-Occupied Spaces: Presentations and Reviews

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her award-winning book in our series, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies," at various venues this fall.

We will post announcements with more details as they become available. Here are highlights, more info found on her book page

Duke University - Mon. Sept. 24, 2018 6pm (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153) - included in the broader InTransit initiative

Fordham University - Wed. Oct. 24, 2018 2:30pm (568 Faber Hall, Rose Hill campus, The Bronx)

Columbia University - Tue Nov. 13 6pm, 2018 (Hamilton Hall Room 407 )

‌‌Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies is the title of a new book by Dr. Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University), published in 2017 by Fordham University Press in the Critical Studies in...

We are thrilled to announce that a book in our series, Teresa Fiore's "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnatio...
08/16/2018
"The Bridge" Book Award Fourth Edition 2018 - 07-05-2018 : Italian-American Arts and Culture Orga...

We are thrilled to announce that a book in our series, Teresa Fiore's "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies," is a finalist for "The Bridge" Book Award.

This award covers translation costs and assists in the translation of books between English and Italian.

It is sponsored by the Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality, the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC), the Embassy of the United States in Rome, the Centro per il Libro e La Lettura (CEPELL - Institution of Ministero dei Beni Culturali e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo) and Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori (FUIS).

https://www.aific.org/news/the-bridge-book-award-fourth-edition-2018/

"The Bridge" Book Award Fourth Edition 2018 : "The Bridge" Book Award has been created, promoted and sponsored by Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality, the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC), and the Embassy of the United States in Rome. The Award is also sponsored by the Ita...

06/18/2018

We are happy to announce that a book in our series, Teresa Fiore's "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies," is the recipient of the AAIS (American Association of Italian Studies) 2017 Book Prize in the category of 20th and 21st Centuries.

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her recent book in our series, PRE-OCCUPIED SPACES, at NYU's Casa Italiana, on Thursday,...
05/16/2018
Book Presentation: PRE-OCCUPIED SPACES: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies | Casa Italiana Zerilli / Marimò

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her recent book in our series, PRE-OCCUPIED SPACES, at NYU's Casa Italiana, on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 6pm.

Free and Open to the Public

For years, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò has been offering an intense calendar of events available - in English - for an American audience. Following is the list of upcoming events. Unless stated otherwise, all events are FREE, open to the general public, and held at 24 west 12th Street. Only Membe...

Great to have the books in our series, along with others from Fordham University Press, out at the annual John D. Caland...
04/29/2018

Great to have the books in our series, along with others from Fordham University Press, out at the annual John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Conference this weekend.

A photo from the San Diego State University presentation of Teresa Fiore’s Pre-Occupied Spaces, the latest book in our...
04/17/2018

A photo from the San Diego State University presentation of Teresa Fiore’s Pre-Occupied Spaces, the latest book in our series.

Some photos from Teresa Fiore’s book presentation at Santa Clara University last evening.
04/11/2018

Some photos from Teresa Fiore’s book presentation at Santa Clara University last evening.

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her book tonight at Santa Clara University,Pre-Occupied Spaces:Remapping Italy’s Trans...
04/10/2018
Event Calendar - Santa Clara University

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her book tonight at Santa Clara University,

Pre-Occupied Spaces:
Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations & Colonial Legacies
Written by: Dr. Teresa Fiore

Associate Professor and Inserra Chair in Italian & Italian American Studies, Montclair State University, New Jersey

Moderated by:
Evelyn Ferraro, Italian Studies

Doors open at 4:30 pm
Refreshments will be served in the foyer near St. Clare room

By linking Italy’s long history of emigration to all continents in the world, contemporary transnational migrations directed toward it, as well as the country’s colonial legacies, Fiore’s book poses Italy as a unique laboratory to rethink national belonging at large in our era of massive demographic mobility. Through an interdisciplinary cultural approach, the book finds traces of globalization in a past that may hold interesting lessons about inclusiveness for the present.

Fiore rethinks Italy’s formation and development on a transnational map through cultural analysis of travel, living, and work spaces as depicted in literary, filmic, and musical texts.



Sponsored by the Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures, and the Dr. Victor and Julia Botto Vari Italian Studies Initiative



In compliance with the ADA/504, please direct all accommodation requests to Kari Craighead, [email protected] at least 72 hours prior to event

Santa Clara University campus event calendar

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