New Directions in Italian Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Italian Graduate Society at Rutgers University

Call for Papers: New Directions in Italian Fiction


La Fusta, the digital Italian Studies journal edited by the Italian Graduate Society at Rutgers University, is now welcoming submissions in English or Italian. Issue 27 (Spring 2019) will concentrate on the theme “New Generations of Italian Writers.” Articles, book reviews, and creative writing are being considered for publication.


Premio Strega, Premio Campiello, and other literary awards attract readerships as much as they did in the past. Some of the intellectuals emerging as best-selling authors, such as Camilleri and Ferrante, have written captivating stories which reflect the varied cultural landscape of Italy. Furthermore, while society and culture have always influenced literature, recent immigration to Italy has affected the works of writers to an unprecedented degree. We welcome articles that consider theoretical discussions about authorship and the figure of the author, social issues, multicultural communication, reflections on migration and integration, and the connection between ‘letteratura della migrazione’ and the mainstream literature.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Cultural intersections and perspectives of contemporary bilingual authors who write in Italian
  • Immigrant writers and first-generation Italians (‘seconde generazioni’) writing in Italian; for instance, authors such as Sumaya Abdel Qader, Cristina Ali Farah, Chaimaa Fatihi, Randa Ghazy, Rania Ibrahim, Amara Lakhous, and Igiaba Scego
  • Italian-American literature since the 1990s
  • Recent critically-acclaimed authors such as Niccolò Ammaniti, Andrea Camilleri, Paola Capriolo, Melania Mazzucco, Andrea Molesini, Aldo Nove, Tiziano Scarpa, and Simona Vinci         
  • Elena Ferrante’s books and the film adaptations of her writings
  • Film adaptations of recent books, such as La solitudine dei numeri primi and Io non ho paura
  • Women’s identity and local culture, as seen, for instance, in Acciaio by Silvia Avallone, and in Michela Murgia’s books, and in other contemporary authors.


Contributions should be anonymous. Please send submissions (articles, book reviews, or creative writing) with a separate short bio (100 words) to


The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019.