California Italian Studies
Claudio Fogu and Lucia Re, Editors
Regina Longo, Managing Editor
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– California Italian Studies, a new peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal, has been published exclusively online by University of California’s e-Scholarship and the California Digital Library. The journal, which debuted on March 1, was co-edited by Claudio Fogu, associate professor of Italian Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and Lucia Re, professor of Italian and women’s studies at UCLA.
The 2009-10 inaugural volume contains two issues, and features more than 50 research articles, critical essays, translations, works-in-progress, and interviews, many of which appear in both English and Italian. In addition to text and images, the California Italian Studies journal also includes video clips and music. It can be found at http://escholarship.org/uc/ismrg_cisj. The journal will be published annually, with each volume addressing a different theme related to Italian studies, and with different co-editors choosing the content.
The first issue in Volume 1 provides a critical topography of the relationship between Italy and the Mediterranean across time –– from the Middle Ages to present day –– and across disciplinary traditions. It includes discussions of Italy’s multiple cultural interactions with Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Croatia; articles on Italian cinema; video interviews; and previews of works in progress.
The second issue contains critical essays on topics ranging from the Watts Towers in Los Angeles to futurist Italian artist Fortunato Depero’s years in New York City to domestic violence in early modern Italy. The second issue also contains the first English translation of novelist and poet Arrigo Boito’s complete collection of short stories, and some previously unknown documents regarding journalist and short story writer Italo Calvino’s father and the Italian police.
An interdisciplinary effort, the journal was launched by a group of UC scholars from each of the 10 campuses. Together, these scholars represent many of the world’s leading authorities on Italian culture, history, geography, and politics.
“The thematic model is a great way to intersect different perspectives around time and space,” said Fogu, who is also director of the Italian program at UCSB. “The choice of making access to the journal free and open to all is particularly important to us, for it highlights one of the important traditions in Italian studies –– the permeability between academic research and society at large.”
Volume 1, Issue 1, 2010
Italy in the Mediterranean
Italy in the Mediterranean Today: A New Critical Topography
Fogu, Claudio, Re, Lucia
A Critical Map of Italy in the Mediterranean – Defining the terms
L’Italia, è ancora un paese mediterraneo?
Il pane del Mediterraneo: profano e sacro
Another Map, another History, another Modernity
Chambers, Iain Michael
La porta stretta. L’Italia e “l’altra riva” tra colonialismo e politiche migratorie
Dal Lago, Alessandro
Il pensiero meridiano oggi: Intervista e dialoghi con Franco Cassano
Cassano, Francesco, Fogu, Claudio
Il “Sud” come frontiera geosimbolica
Braudel’s Mediterranean and Italy
Marino, John A.
Italy in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean
Mapping Metageographies: The Cartographic Invention of Italy and the Mediterranean
della Dora, Veronica
Italy in the Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean
I nostri Saracini: Writing the History of the Arabs of Sicily
Verdi’s Aida across the Mediterranean (and beyond)
D’Annunzio, la latinità del Mediterraneo e il mito della riconquista
Il non detto, l’indicibile e l’esplosione: lettura incrociata di due scrittrici mediterranee
Tonnare in Italy: Science, History and Culture of Sardinian Tuna Fishing
Emery, Katherine B
Italian Cinema About and Across the Mediterranean
“ISTAMBUL KM. 4,253”: attraverso il Mediterraneo di Pier Paolo Pasolini
Annovi, Gian Maria
Lamento, ordine e subalternità in Salvatore Giuliano
From the Other Side of the Mediterranean: Hospitality in Italian Migration Cinema
Lerner, Giovanna Faleschini
Imagining the Mediterranean 1 – Texts and Translations
Dal Lago, Alessandro
Imagining the Mediterranean 2 – Survey Articles and Work in Progress
Volume 1, Issue 2, 2010
Open Theme Issue
Food for Thought
Fogu, Claudio, Re, Lucia
Critical Essays and Articles
La crisi dell’Autore nel Rinascimento
Italian Renaissance Food-Fashioning or The Triumph of Greens
Without Precedent: The Watts Towers
Arrigo Boito’s Short Stories
Perella, Nicolas J.
Texts and Previews
L’ombra del padre. Il caso Calvino