Pensare gli Studi Iberici in Italia
This chapter proposes a preliminary approach to the status of Iberian Studies in Italy (its existence as a field of study, its potential, and possible problems). The author’s approach attends to a tradition of studies which has its roots in Romance Philology, Comparatism and Iberism, as well as to more recent endeavours in the field. First, drawing on Joan Ramon Resina’s book (2009), the author discusses the reasons to pursue Iberian Studies in Italy. Then, the origins of the interest towards the discipline and its practices are analysed in order to understand if they are related to a possible crisis of Hispanism (as happened, for example, in the United States). Finally, the author compares Iberian Studies with related disciplinary fields within the Italian academy.