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Migration, Voices, and Methodology

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The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders and Citizenship edited by The Black Mediterranean Collective, Cham, Springer Nature/Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 266 pp., £79.50 (e-book), ISBN 978-3-030-51391-7

The Voice of the Rural: Music, Poetry, and Masculinity among Migrant Moroccan Men in Umbria by Alessandra Ciucci, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2022, 228 pp., $30.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-226-81869-6

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2023

Patrizia Sambuco*
Independent researcher


If the ‘colour line’ was prophetically defined as the issue of the twentieth century, in the twenty-first century the concern of many scholars is with the research methodology that the attention on the colour line has generated. Migration, postcolonial, and blackness studies focusing on Italy have all asked fundamental questions on how to reframe history, memory, and culture. Charles Burdett (2018) has posited that migration and mobility are vital for the repositioning of the discipline of Italian Studies and Modern Languages as a whole. Critics have argued that Italian Black literature is redefining Italian literature (Romeo 2017) and its reception (Patriarca 2018). Alessandra Ciucci's recent monograph The Voice of the Rural: Music, Poetry and Masculinity among Migrant Moroccan Men in Umbria (2022) and the volume The Black Mediterranean: Borders, Bodies and Citizenship (2021) edited by the Black Mediterranean Collective contribute to this discussion. Both books offer new approaches to analyse migration and deconstruct Eurocentrism. They both emphasise the migrants’ agency and theorise the researcher's position as a tool for the decolonisation of culture.

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy

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