n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Italy : a foreign traveller
Locating Italy: East and West in British-Italian transactions (Series: Internationale Forschungen zur Algemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft), Kirsten Sandrock & Owain Wright (Eds.) : book review

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



The collection of essays that make up places and displaces Italy in terms of East and West. This volume in a series which examines cross-cultural transactions between Britain and Italy, in a sense comes to resemble the object of investigation. One tries to form a specific picture of the main topic as one progress from the one essay to the next. The diverse viewpoints from which Italy and its role in cultural transactions between East and West are investigated, however, weave a colourful tapestry open to interpretation, rather than painting a detailed portrait of it. Each essay places and displaces Italy in a particular cultural dimension, be it language, literature, art, history or politics. The title of this review was inspired by Martin Stannard's essay, 'East meets West', included in the present collection (p. 169). The collection addresses the theme of cross-cultural transactions in four parts, viz. 'Introduction', 'Painted art as intercultural medium', 'Occident and Orient in British-Italian literature' and 'Intercultural translations in language transactions'.

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