Italy in English-Language Literature from 1900 to the Present Day

California State University Long Beach
Closing date for submissions: 
5 February, 2008

Call for papers:

Italy in English-Language Literature from 1900 to the Present Day

(Editor: Tiziana Morosetti)

Volume 7 of Quaderni del ’900 proposes to offer a reflection on how Italian literature and culture is a presence in and influence on modern and contemporary English-language literatures, including the literatures of Great Britain, the United States and postcolonial Anglophone countries.  In particular, the volume will aim to examine not only literary relationships between Italian literature and twentieth- and twenty-first-century works in English but also the other contacts that from 1900 onwards have existed between Italy (its culture, geography, authors and intellectuals) and writers and critics working in English.
The volume intends to tackle the presence not only of contemporary and real Italy in literatures in English but also of imaginary, stereotypical and historical Italies.  Possible themes may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Italy in English-language literature: travel-writing by English-language writers; Italy and its cultural manifestations (architectural, culinary, musical, artistic) in English-language writing; the Italian stereotype in contemporary English-language writing (including comparisons with earlier works); Italian academia and English-language writers.

Italian literature and English-language writing: the influence of literary works, authors or literary trends on English-language literature; theoretical prospectives; the influence of modern and contemporary Italian thought on British, American and postcolonial critical theory; Italian settings and characters in English-language literature.

The volume does not set out to be a study of migrant literature, a subject to which Quaderni del ’900 has already dedicated an issue.  Articles on Italian-American or Italian-Canadian authors will not be taken into consideration.  Furthermore, given the degree to which there are pre-existing studies, contributions focusing on Dante’s influence on the works of Pound or Eliot or on the influence of Gramsci’s thought on postcolonial literature will not be taken into consideration..

Articles no longer than 65 000 characters, including spaces, must be accompanied by a maximum 300-word abstract and by a one-page biography including principal publications and be sent to

Contributions must be received by the 5th of February 2008, and will be subject to referees’ approval.


Quaderni del ’900, which was founded in 2001, is a journal ‘born between two worlds’: America and Italy.  It is an annual bilingual journal, and gives priority to younger scholars.  Its focus is modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture, and it has an interdisciplinary approach (from literature to sociology, gender studies and postcolonial studies).  It is characterized by a decided comparative flavour, and welcomes contributions examing comparisons between Italian literature, other disciplines and literature in other languages.  The journal is supported by the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Annual journal
Directed by Carlo Chiarenza (California State University, Long Beach), Stefano Giovanardi (Università del Molise, Campobasso)

Co-ordinators: In the USA: Clarissa Clò (San Diego State University), Clorinda Donato (California State University, Long Beach), Teresa Fiore (California State University, Long Beach). In Italy: Francesca Andreotti (Università di Perugia), Silvia D’Ortenzi, Simona Mancini.

Editors-in-chief: Tiziana Morosetti (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna); Laura Vitali (Università di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’)

Previous numbers:

Anno VI/2006
The Road to Italy and the United States: la creazione e diffusione delle opere di John Fante.
Edited by Teresa Fiore

Anno V/2005
Scrittrici nella politica culturale del Fascismo.
Edited by Francesca Romana Andreotti, Silvia D’Ortenzi.

Anno IV/2004
La letteratura postcoloniale italiana. Dalla letteratura d'immigrazione all'incontro con l'altro.
Edited by Tiziana Morosetti

Anno III/2003
Lotte di giovani: dialoghi con Pavese, Atti del convegno, Santo Stefano Belbo, 29 novembre 2003.
Edited by Laura Vitali

Anno II/2002
La letteratura americana in Italia

Anno I/2001
Pier Paolo Pasolini

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