Southwest of Italy

By Federico Pacchioni

Southwest of Italy
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Southwest of Italy is an ode to the deep value of the things that are out of our control—history, place, emotion, coincidence, the community of friendship. The title refers to one of the most apparent intents of the text, which is to trace the relationship between Sardinia ... Read more


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Southwest of Italy is an ode to the deep value of the things that are out of our control—history, place, emotion, coincidence, the community of friendship. The title refers to one of the most apparent intents of the text, which is to trace the relationship between Sardinia and the American Southwest, particularly in the layering of time and culture. Though this relationship is subtly played, even understated, because the book also aims at tracing deeper themes, such as those of hope, illusion, and cultural mediation. It is densely composed in a hybrid style, merging lyrical prose and travel essay. Narrative, description, and reflection are found within a surprising structure, rich with sensory language

Federico Pacchioni

Federico Pacchioni is a scholar, writer, and educator. Born in Italy, he has traveled both the Italian peninsula and the United States extensively, and currently lives in Orange, California. A professor of Italian Studies at Chapman University, he is author and co-author of volumes of Italian cultural history such as: Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes (University of Toronto Press, 2014), A History of Italian Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017), and The Image of the Puppet in Italian Theater, Literature and Film (Metauro Editore, 2020 and Palgrave Macmillan, 2022); as well as creative works, including two collections of poetry: La paura dell’amore (Raffaelli Editore, 2014) and I frutti del mio giardino (Manni Editori, 2022).

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