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Orienting the Occident


Italian Travel and Migrant Writing in Mexico (1890-1932)

Franco Savarino Roggero    Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH), Mexico City, Mexico    

Brian Zuccala    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa    


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abstract

This article addresses a comparatively neglected corpus of Italian travel and migrant writing in Mexico, ranging from Luigi Bruni’s Attraverso il Messico (1890) to Emilio Cecchi’s Messico (1932). It does so from the methodological angle of nation-making and through the seemingly counter-intuitive prism of Italian Orientalism(s). This article focuses on two key moments of both Italian and Mexican history: Post-Unification/Porfiriato and Ventennio/Post-Revolution. The discussion revolves around the problematization of the construction of an Otherized subalternity as a way for the emerging elites to discursively develop and circulate their worldview.

Keywords: Post-colonial Theory. Transnational Italy. Mexico. Orientalisms. Transnational Modernity.

Language: en

Submitted: May 28, 2020
Accepted: July 29, 2020
Published: Dec. 22, 2020

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2020/54/005

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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