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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.

Pubblicato
22 Dicembre 2020
Accettato
29 Luglio 2020
Presentato
28 Maggio 2020
Lingua
EN