Italianerie: transculturality, co- creation and transforming identities between Italy and Asia

Ling, Wessie and Marinelli, Maurizio (2019) Italianerie: transculturality, co- creation and transforming identities between Italy and Asia. Modern Italy, 24 (4). pp. 363-367. ISSN 1353-2944

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By exploring the processes and the effects of transculturality and co-creation on the transforming identities of Italy and/in Asia and vice-versa, we aim to go beyond both the scholarship on Orientalism and the J’accuse of the Post-modern critique, which often seem to recreate a dichotomous vision of the European-style Othering of Asia. We intend to offer instead a new approach to understanding the dynamics behind the multiple encounters and the uncanny enchantment (or disenchantment, perhaps) with Italy-in-Asia and Asia-in-Italy. Extending from the original French word and concept of Chinoiserie (the Eighteenth-century European ‘fascination for China’), this special issue introduces the concept and analytical-interpretive paradigm of Italianerie. Italianerie has been taken both as a possible theoretical framework and as an intellectual provocation for our contributors to analyse the relation between Italy and Asia, as well as the intrigue of Italy in Asia and vice-versa. We argue that the ‘fascination for Italy’ and its specific cultural materiality go both ways, from Italy to Asia and vice-versa, shedding light on the multiple connections, comparisons and circulations of people, goods and ideas through a global, interconnected method of inquiry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transculturality, co-creation, identities, Italian history, Asian Studies
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts
900 History & geography > 940 History of Europe
900 History & geography > 950 History of Asia; Far East
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Wessie Ling
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 08:55
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 08:55


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