Forgotten Italians: Julian-Dalmatian Writers and Artists in Canada

Edited by Konrad Eisenbichler

© 2018

Scholarship on Italian emigration has generally omitted the Julian-Dalmatians, a group of Italians from Istria and Dalmatia, two regions that, in the wake of World War Two, were ceded by Italy to Yugoslavia as part of its war reparations to that country. Though Italians by  language culture, and  traditions, it seems that this group has been conveniently excised from history. And yet, Julian-Dalmatians constitute an important element in twentieth-century Italian history and represent a unique aspect of both Italian culture and emigration.

This ground-breaking collection of articles from an international team of scholars opens the discussion on these “forgotten Italians” by briefly reviewing the history of their diaspora and then by examining the literary and artistic works they produced as immigrants to Canada. Forgotten Italians offers new insights into such celebrated authors as Diego Bastianutti, Mario Duliani, Caterina Edwards, and Gianni Angelo Grohovaz, as well as visual artists such as Vittorio Fiorucci and Silvia Pecota. Profoundly marked by the experience of being uprooted and forced into exile, by life in refugee camps, and by the encounter with a new culture, first-generation Julian-Dalmatians in Canada used art and writing to come to terms with their anguished situation and to rediscover their cultural roots.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This ground-breaking study of Italian-Canadian writers and artists with roots in Istria and Dalmatia highlights the history of their diaspora, the vitality of their literary and artistic works, and the distinctive multiculturalism that characterises them.

Forgotten Italians: Julian-Dalmatian Writers and Artists in Canada

Edited by Konrad Eisenbichler

© 2018

Scholarship on Italian emigration has generally omitted the Julian-Dalmatians, a group of Italians from Istria and Dalmatia, two regions that, in the wake of World War Two, were ceded by Italy to Yugoslavia as part of its war reparations to that country. Though Italians by  language culture, and  traditions, it seems that this group has been conveniently excised from history. And yet, Julian-Dalmatians constitute an important element in twentieth-century Italian history and represent a unique aspect of both Italian culture and emigration.

This ground-breaking collection of articles from an international team of scholars opens the discussion on these “forgotten Italians” by briefly reviewing the history of their diaspora and then by examining the literary and artistic works they produced as immigrants to Canada. Forgotten Italians offers new insights into such celebrated authors as Diego Bastianutti, Mario Duliani, Caterina Edwards, and Gianni Angelo Grohovaz, as well as visual artists such as Vittorio Fiorucci and Silvia Pecota. Profoundly marked by the experience of being uprooted and forced into exile, by life in refugee camps, and by the encounter with a new culture, first-generation Julian-Dalmatians in Canada used art and writing to come to terms with their anguished situation and to rediscover their cultural roots.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Contributing to discussions on the circumstances and vicissitudes of Julian-Dalmatian migrants to Canada, Forgotten Italians will undoubtedly appeal to anyone interested in the history of twentieth-century Canada, the history of migration to Canada, as well as the history of the experience of exile in the twentieth century."


    Francesco Loriggio, Professor Emeritus, The College of the Humanities, Carleton University

    "Forgotten Italians is a very significant contribution to the literature and history of this region of Italy."


    Joseph J. Pivato, Professor, Centre for Humanities, Athabasca University
  • Author Information

    Konrad Eisenbichler is is a professor in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    The Julian-Dalmatian Tessera in Canada: An Introduction
    Konrad Eisenbichler

    1. Esuli and Rimasti: Two Sides of a Coin
    Rosanna Turcinovich Giuricin
    2. Parola di donna: A Feminist Reading of Julian-Dalmatian Periodicals in Canada
    Benedetta Lamanna
    3. Two Images of Internment: Mario Duliani and Vincenzo Poggi
    Elisabetta Carraro
    4. Fiume and Canada: The Two Worlds of Gianni Angelo Grohovaz”
    Gianna Mazzieri Sanković
    5. La Terza Forza: Gianni Angelo Grohovaz and the Rise of Italian-Canadian Culture, 1971 to 1975
    Paul Baxa
    6. Rimestando tra le acque del passato: Gianni Angelo Grohovaz’s Address to the Italian Club of Erindale College, 1984
    Robert Buranello
    7. Land, Sea, and the Search for Oneself in the Poetry of Diego Bastianutti
    Corinna Gerbaz Giuliano
    8. The Poetry of Exile. An Interview with Diego Bastianutti
    Henry Veggian
    9. Quarnerine Identity: The Hybrid Self in Caterina Edwards’ Island of the Nightingales
    Ida Vodarich Marinzoli
    10. Protagonist, Chronicler, Historian: Three Voices of Representation in Rosanna Turcinovich Giuricin’s Maddalena ha gli occhi viola
    Gabriella Colussi Arthur
    11. Vittorio Fiorucci: A Portrait of the Artist
    Guita Lamsechi
    12. Dalmatian Stone: A Conversation with Silvia Pecota on Her Life and Art
    Paolo Frascà