Objects in Italian Life and Culture: Fiction, Migration, and Artificiality. By Paolo Bartoloni

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Abstract

Our engagement with objects, things, and the nature of things is at the core of human relations and expression, enriching our sense of identity and belonging, creating a sense of cobelonging, and facilitating the making of meaning in our everyday lives. Scholars such as Remo Bodei, David Forgacs, and Robert Lumley have tackled the nature of things in an Italian context and provided researchers with valuable theoretical underpinnings. However, according to Paolo Bartoloni, their analyses fall short of probing the coexperiential and metamorphic processes that can more deeply inform our relations with things. Moreover, he argues that, in a number of studies on objects and things emerging from Italian thought, “things and objects are treated more as symbols and vehicles of humans’ meanings than as active partners of meaningful engagements” (2).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalItalian American Review
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Italian culture
  • migration
  • lived experience
  • Book review
  • Objects in Italian Life and Culture
  • Paolo Baroloni
  • coexperiential and metamorphic processes

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