Academic journal article Italica

Editorial Note

Academic journal article Italica

Editorial Note

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This issue of Italica proposes a familiar continuity with previous issues as well as a novelty. Not differently than in the past, it is extremely rich for its cultural breadth and variety. The essays here presented touch upon many different periods (from Boccaccio to the present), subjects (literature, cultural history, cinema), as well as critical methodologies (cultural studies, gender issues, etc.). This number, however, also offers a new section, "Milestones," conceived to display the major scholars of Italian culture in North America. The study of Italian culture in North America, in these past decades, has produced a broad and significant number of influential scholars and works. Many of these scholars have contributed to strengthen the critical and philological tradition of Italian academic studies; others have proposed scholarly ways and methods which derive from the lively academic debates that distinguish most North American campuses. In both cases, the best of them have contributed to mark the road of Italian studies with works that, in their respective fields, have become scholarly milestones.

In each issue, from now on, we will attempt to publish an essay written by one of these well known scholars who operate or have operated until recently in North America. The scholar in question will be asked to select an article that she/he considers representative of her/his major critical interests and methodology. …

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