Teresa Fiore's 2017 Book

Pre-Occupied Spaces

Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies

Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies is the title of a new book by Dr. Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University), published in 2017 by Fordham University Press in the Critical Studies in Italian America series.

By linking Italy's long history of emigration to all continents in the world, contemporary transnational migrations directed toward it, as well as the country's colonial legacies, Fiore's book poses Italy as a unique laboratory to rethink national belonging at large in our era of massive demographic mobility. Through an interdisciplinary cultural approach, the book finds traces of globalization in a past that may hold interesting lessons about inclusiveness for the present.

Fiore rethinks Italy's formation and development on a transnational map through the cultural analysis of travel, living, and workspaces as depicted in literary, filmic, and musical texts. Such texts include, among others, Crialese's film Golden Door, Lakhous' novel Clash of Civilization Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, Cavanna's autobiographical book Les Ritals, and Calvino's and Rodari's short stories.By demonstrating how immigration in Italy today is preoccupied by its past emigration and colonialism, the book stresses commonalities and dispels preoccupations.



"Being truly pre-occupied with space, Fiore organizes the volume according to a carefully constructed structure that takes the question of migratory space extremely seriously.... The book’s innovative and highly creative architecture waves together an impressive proliferation of well-researched texts, critical references, and disciplinary perspectives. What holds the whole structure together is Fiore’s sophisticated and brilliant work of theoretical scaffolding, one that never loses sight of the perils of its iconoclastic undertakings... Pre-occupied Spaces also redraws the cartography of Italian Studies within the Humanities ... [and] has the merit of breaking disciplinary and geographical boundaries in unprecedented ways." Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Loyola University Chicago, USA (from Forum Italicum review)

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (from upcoming to past):

  • Presentations at Columbia, Duke, and Fordham Universities in Fall 2018 are in the making (dates TBA soon)

  • "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" - Tue. April 10 5-6:30pm - Santa Clara University, CA (sponsored by the Italian Studies Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures).

  • "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" - Thur. April 5 12noon - University of California Santa Barbara (sponsored by the Department of Black Studies).

  • "Inhabiting Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations in the Mediterranean and the Americas" - Wed. April 4, 2018 2pm - California State University Long Beach (sponsored by the Graziadio Center for Italian Studies as part of the Comparative Migrations Lecture Series).

  • "Pre-occupied Spaces: Remapping Italian Transnational Migrations and Culture in Europe, Africa and the Americas"- Mon. April 2, 2018 4pm - San Diego State University, CA (sponsored by the Italian Program in the European Studies Dept. as part of the European Studies Lecture Series).