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Jacqueline Andall and Derek Duncan, eds., Italian Colonialism: Legacy and Memory (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2005)

Jacqueline Andall and Derek Duncan, eds., National Belongings: Hybridity in Italian Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010).

Rainer Bauböck and Thomas Faist, eds., Diaspora and Transnationalism: Concepts Theories and Methods (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010), available to download on - see esp. first chapter.

Jennifer Burns and Loredana Polezzi, eds., Borderlines: migrazioni e identità nel novecento (Isernia: Cosmo Iannone, 2003)

Daniele Comberiati, Scrivere nella lingua dell’altro: La letteratura degli immigrati in Italia (1989-2007), (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2010), (Chapters 1-3 provide a useful overview of the development of migrant writing in Italy)

Nina Glick Schiller, Linda Basch and Cristina Szanton Blanc, ‘From Immigrant to Transmigrant: Theorizing Transnational Migration, Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 68, no. 1 (Jan., 1995), pp. 48-63.

Ralph Grillo and Jeff Pratt, eds., The Politics of Recognizing Difference: multiculturalism Italian-style (Ashgate 2002)

Cristina Lombardi-Diop & Caterina Romeo. eds., Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) [e-book available via library catalogue]

Graziella Parati, Migration Italy: The Art of Talking Back in a Destination Culture (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005)

Sandra Ponzanesi, Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture: contemporary women writers of the Indian and Afro-Italian Diaspora (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004) - see esp. Chapter 6 for good overview of Italian colonial history.

Jonathan Rutherford ed., Identity, Community, Culture, Difference (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1990)

Grace Russo Bullaro & Elena Benelli, eds., Shifting and Shaping a National Identity: Transnational Writers and Pluriculturalism in Italy Today (Troubador, 2014).


Melissa Coburn, Race and Narrative in Italian Women's Writing Since Unification (Lanham, Maryland: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), See Chapter 4 and conclusion. E book available online

Loredana Polezzi, ‘Polylingual Italy and the Politics of Language in Today’s Italy, in New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies: Volume 1, ed. by Graziella Parati (Lanham, Maryland: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), pp. 87-112 DG451.N49 Vol. 1 Available via library extracts

Paolo Jedlowski,'Public Memories in Italy: Contemporary Narratives about the Italian Colonial Past’, in Plots of War: Modern Narratives of Conflict, ed. by Isabel Capeloa Gil & Adriana Martins (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012), pp. 32-39. [e-book available via library catalogue]

Giovanna Sansalvadore, 'The uses of ‘orality’ in an Italian post-colonial text: Gabriella Ghermandi’s Queen of Flowers and Pearls (2007)', English Academy Review, 33:2, 17-28.

Alessandro Triulzi, Hidden Faces, Hidden Histories: Contrasting Voices of Postcolonial Italy’, in Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity, ed. by Cristina Lombardi-Diop & Caterina Romeo (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)[e-book available via library catalogue]

Alessandro Triulzi,'Displacing the Colonial Event', Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 8:3, 430-443.

A Companion to Comparative Literature, ed. by Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas, ‘Italy and Afro-Italophone Writing’ (Wiley- Blackwell, 2011) PN871.C58 Available via library extracts

Norma Bouchard and Valerio Ferme, Italy and the Mediterranean: Words, Sounds, and Images of the Post-Cold War Era (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), see Chapter 7, 'The Mediterranean of Migrant, Postcolonial, and Exile Writers', pp. 191-224. DG451.B69

Pia Schwarz Lausten, ‘Living in a Language: Italian Migration Literature’, in Migration and literature in contemporary Europe, ed. by Mirjam Gebauer, Pia Schwarz Lausten (Munich: Martin Meidenbauer, 2010) PN 56.E59 M53 (not specifically on Ghermandi but concepts are relevant).

Clarissa, Clò, 'African Queens and Italian History: The Cultural Politics of Memory and Resistance in Teatro delle Albe's Lunga vita all'albero and Gabriella Ghermandi's Regina di fiori e di perle', Research in African Literatures (Project Muse), Dec 31, 2010; Vol. 41, No. 4, p. 26-42 AVAILABLE VIA LIBRARY CATALOGUE ONLINE

Gregoria Manzin, 'Colonising the Novel: Voice and Chorality in Ghermandi's Regina di fiori e di perle', in Spunti e Ricerche, ed. by Antonio Pagliaro and Raffaele Lampugnani, Vol. 26, 2001. pp. 108-124. (available from tutor on request)

Ali Farah

Daniele Comberiati, ‘”Missioni”: Double Identity and Plurilingualism in the Works of three Female Migrant Writers in Italy’, in Migration and literature in contemporary Europe, ed. by Mirjam Gebauer, Pia Schwarz Lausten (Munich: Martin Meidenbauer, 2010), pp. 205-218 PN 56.E59 M53 (available from module tutor)
Simone Brioni, 'Automutilazione e dermografia: Madre piccola di Cristina Ubax Ali Farah'

Alessandra Di Maio, 'Black Italia: Contemporary Migrant Writers from Africa', in Black Europe and the African Diaspora, ed. by Darlene Clark Hine, Trica Daniele Keaton, Stephen Small (Urbana, Illinois University Press, 2009), pp.119-144.

Stephanie Love, 'Mother Tongue: Identity in the Translingual and Transnational Narratives of Carmine Abate and Cristina Ali Farah', in Shifting and Shaping a National Identity: Transnational Writers and Pluriculturalism in Italy Today, ed. by Grace Russo Bullaro & Elena Benelli (Troubador, 2014), pp. 107-127.

Federica Mazzara, 'Narrare passaggi: intervista a Cristina Ubax Ali-Farah', in Into and out of Italy: Lingua e cultura della migrazione italiana, ed. by A. Ledgeway e A.L. Lepschy (Perugia, Guerra Edizioni, 2010), pp. 75-80.

Roberto Derobertis, 'Holding All the Pieces Together’: Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Futures in the Writings of Igiaba Scego and Cristina Ali Farah' , in Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, ed. by Annalisa Oboe and Shaul Bassi (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 265-274. (available via library extracts)