Title: We, The Europeans: Italian Essays on PostcolonialismAuthor: Armando GnisciEditor: Matthew F. RusnakTranslator: Matthew F. RusnakSeries: Thinking European WorldsImprint: The Davies Group, Publishers pp. 128soft coverUSD 18.00ISBN 978-1934542378Pub date: 8/1/2014What role has Italy played in the creation of an imperialistic society? How is Italy responding to the changing ethnic landscape? What role does literature play in the heated political questions of racial integration and multiculturalism? In what terms can we consider the Mediterranean as both a historical concept and a literary rubric? These are just a few of the challenging questions raised by Armando Gnisci, in We, The Europeans: Italian Essays on Postcolonialism, a collection of essays in translation that investigate with candor and historical understanding how Italy is responding to the burden of its colonial past. Eschewing traditional notions of the Italian literary canon that he considers fundamentally flawed, Gnisci argues for the importance of a more expansive notion of literature, one that emphasizes cultural shifts, exchanges, insecurities, and linguistic polyphony. With historical erudition and moral conscience, Gnisci follows Sartre and Fanon in extolling a new way of seeing globally through the lens of world literature. Gnisci’s point of view calls attention to many of the most pressing and troubling issues currently facing Italian society, as the increase in immigration has triggered political controversies and polemics. These essays, available for the first time in English, bring to the audience a new perspective on the subject of Postcolonialism, one distinctly European and manifestly Italian. ContentsIntroduction: Comparative Literature: An Italian Perspective Chapter 1 Rome as a System of RuinsChapter 2Comparative Literature as a Discipline of DecolonializationChapter 3The European Meaning of Postcolonialism Chapter 4The Question of EurocentrismChapter 5The Mediterranean as Interliterary Web Chapter 6Italian Literature of MigrationChapter 7noialtri, europeiChapter 8Decolonizing ItalyNotesFor Further ReadingIndexComments“Gnisci offers us a concise, important, and original analysis regarding post-colonialism, ethnicity, Italian (national) identity, cultural theory . . . a provocative and experimental, imaginative yet rigorous, significant contribution to rethinking the ‘decolonization’ of Italy and Europe.”Ron Scapp, President, The National Association for Ethnic StudiesEditor of Ethnic Studies Review“Gnisci questions the rigid cartographies of European and Italian modernity from the perspectives of the margins and the peripheries of all regions of the world. . . . compelling and inspiring reading for scholars of migration and diasporic studies, philosophy, history, and literature.”Norma Bouchard, The University of Connecticut, Storrs“Gnisci’s work deconstructs the dominant Western paradigm of cultural analysis and replaces it with a globalistic vision that takes into account what was once the unaccounted. Strident and firm in his convictions, his reader learns to look otherwise and hence understand differently the current social and cultural situation in Europe.” Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNYThe AuthorArmando Gnisci is the author of over forty books on comparative literature. His many works include the authoritative Manuale storico di letteratura comparata (Meltemi, 1997). He is considered one of the most important literary critics in Italy. The editor and translatorM. F. Rusnak holds a PhD in Italian from Rutgers University. He is a translator and literary historian specializing in Anglo-Italian literary exchange.