Italian American Pulp Fiction as Diasporic Archive Between San Diego and Italy

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Italian American Pulp Fiction as Diasporic Archive Between San Diego and Italy

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.


Belanich Engineering Center (Loma Hall), 302

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




In this presentation Dr. Clò will discuss The Invisible Glass, a novel written by San Diego native Lawrence Madalena under the pseudonym of Loren Wahl that is set in Italy, at the end of WWII. As in his better-known local novel, Confetti for Gino, Madalena, weaves issues of race, gender, sexuality and nationality through the narrative. His channeling of many taboo themes through a popular genre like pulp fiction offers an unexpected archive, both alternative and transnational, where to look for controversial aspects seldom associated with Italians either in Italy or the US.

About the Speaker: Clarissa Clò is Professor and Chair in the Department of European Studies at San Diego State University where she is also the Director of the Italian Studies Program. Her research interests include feminist and queer theory, migration and postcolonial studies, literature, film, music, popular culture and transmedia storytelling in Italian and Italian American Studies. Her work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Ácoma: Rivista internazionale di studi nordamericani, Annali d’Italianistica, Diacritics, Diaspora, Forum Italicum, Italian American Review, Italian Culture, Italica, Research in African Literatures, Transformations, The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and California Italian Studies. She contributed to book collections such as The Cultures of Italian Migration (edited by Graziella Parati and Anthony J. Tamburri, 2011), Postcolonial Italy (edited by Cristina Lombardi-Diop and Caterina Romeo, 2012), Nuovo Cinema Politico (edited by Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva, 2016) and Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema (edited by Loredana Di Martino and Pasquale Verdicchio, 2017). She co-edited a special double issue of the journal Studies in Documentary Film entitled Other Visions: Italian Documentary Cinema as Counter-Discourse, 5.2 & 5.3 (2011), and edited a special double issue on regional cultural studies in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, for Il lettore di provincia, 123 & 124 (2005). She serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Italian Film Festival and on the Advisory Board of the Italian American Academy of San Diego. She is on the executive committee of the Italian American Forum at MLA (Modern Language Association), on the advisory board of the online journals g/s/i (gender/sexuality/Italy) and serves on the editorial Board of Italica: the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI).


The Invisible Glass

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Loredana Di Martino