In Italics: In Defense of Ethnicity
Poet and novelist, Antonio D'Alfonso has been writing essays and giving in-depth interviews for twenty years. This collection contains the most important of these texts which have been reworked into a coherent entity. D'Alfonso discusses the importance of ethnic awareness which he places at the antipodes of territorial nationalism for which ethnicity is too often mistaken. The themes raised in this eclectic book relate to general culture, language, literature, film, and publishing (he founded Guernica Editions in 1978). Though it is the Italian perspective (which the author prefers to call Italic) that is favored, the themes and concepts developed are applicable to other cultures and countries. In Italics is a polemical and unblushing defense for the individual's right to a collective Imaginary, no matter which country one lives in.
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A thorough analysis of realities in Canada refering to ethnic identity, the noxious influences of nationalism, the problems met when publishing books in that country. Culture is seen as non-verbal and for describing the complex situation of Italics (Italians living on abroad and in Italy) the author uses the term conscious identity that can develop only in a pluricultural country.
Ethnicity is seen as transborder community ignoring territorialgenus.
The book also refers to the problems of immigrants because of bilingualism.
The future of Canada should be pluricultural federalism.
There are lots of references to Italic literature and films. Thanks to this book I discovered a huge list of new names I hadn't known about.
Quite an interesting book to be read.
The Road Between
Babel or the Welder
Letter to a Critic
A Literary Culture in Search of a Tradition
Discovering and Publishing ItalianCanadian Writers
The Ethnic Theme and the Scriptwriter
Philologists of Reality
To Break the Code of Silence
Pluriculturalism Is Becoming a Global Affair
A Place on Earth
Closets and More Closets
Starting at Square One
Choosing Ones Identity in a Pluricultural Country
Where Do We Go from Here?
In the Mouths of People
Cultural Trends in Quebec
Fragments on the Italic Reality
Waiting for My Friends
The Ethnic Imaginary
The Path to Hope
Identity and Culture from One Village to Another