The Diasporic Canon
American Anthologies of Contemporary Italian Poetry 1945-2015

Marta Arnaldi

Transcript 20

Legenda

13 September 2022  •  288pp

ISBN: 978-1-781886-74-8 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

ISBN: 978-1-781886-78-6 (paperback, forthcoming)

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Marta Arnaldi is a Laming Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford, and a Stipendiary Lecturer in Italian at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She is the author of a prize-winning collection of poetry.

The Diasporic Canon is the first monograph to be dedicated to the history of a national literary canon in another language and country. By exploring Italian poetry’s potential for mobility and transformation, it traces its reception in the U.S. and translation into English as an expression of the culture of Italian migration to North America. The result is the evolution, from the 1940s up to the present, of a radically different canon from the domestic one, i.e. a canon that has been built upon historical anticipations of later developments in Italy, transcontinental influences, but also inversions, distortions, and even errors. In a rigorous yet ground-breaking survey that analyses almost one-hundred anthologies, Marta Arnaldi argues that the theoretical concept of diaspora presents us with a new idea of canonicity, one that puts forward a renewed image of literature in translation and of its significance, whilst also problematising received ideas of nationality, ethnicity, gender, genre, and authorship.

Reviews:

  • ‘The Diasporic Canon ha il merito di aver sistematizzato un fenomeno sino ad ora esaminato solo per compartimenti stagni e d’aver enucleato efficacemente i vettori dinamici e trasformativi che nutrono ed orientano il processo interculturale nella sua prismatica dimensione di pluralismo e transnazionalità.’ — 575-78, Annali d'Italianistica 2023, 41, Olimpia Pelosi
  • ‘With The Diasporic Canon, Arnaldi has brought to the table an innovative and comprehensive disquisition that considers the impact of contemporary Italian verse on both the Italian and American canons. Arnaldi’s pioneering work serves as a valuable resource and a true contribution to scholars of diasporic Italian literary and artistic production.’ — Joseph D. Pecorelli, Italica 100.3, 2023, 477-79 (full text online)

For a contents listing, see this volume at JSTOR.

Bibliography entry:

Arnaldi, Marta, The Diasporic Canon: American Anthologies of Contemporary Italian Poetry 1945-2015, Transcript, 20 (Legenda, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Marta Arnaldi, The Diasporic Canon: American Anthologies of Contemporary Italian Poetry 1945-2015, Transcript, 20 (Legenda, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Arnaldi, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Arnaldi, Marta. 2022. The Diasporic Canon: American Anthologies of Contemporary Italian Poetry 1945-2015, Transcript, 20 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Arnaldi 2022: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Arnaldi 2022: 21.

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