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Antonio D'Alfonso

Antonio D'Alfonso

Essays On His Works

By Licia Canton

This collection of essays is devoted to the work of Antonio D'Alfonso, a pivotal figure in the bilingual history of Canadian literature. This much anticipated volume gives Antonio D'Alfonso recognition for the enormous contribution he has made to Canadian writing, over nearly fifty years. He has worked as a writer, editor, translator and filmmaker in Quebec and in Ontario. D'Alfonso identifies as a bilingual writer, but he also speaks and writes in Italian. And he has translated works from French and Italian into English, and from English into French. Each contributor to this volume is a witness to D'Alfonso's literary accomplishments. His experiments with genre alone demand critical analysis.The volume Antonio D'Alfonso: Essays on His Works includes a two part introduction by Joseph Pivato and Licia Canton, essays by Lianne Moyes, Domenic Beneventi, Mariam Pirbhai, Lucie Lequin, Nancy Giacomini, Connie Guzzo-McParland, Joseph Pivato, Licia Canton and Simon Harel. The volume closes with two interviews, by Domenic Cusmano and Licia Canton, and a selected bibliography. As the texts in this volume clearly emphasize, Antonio D'Alfonso's writing represents a vital contribution to Canadian and Quebecois literary and artistic production.


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Licia Canton is the author of The Pink House and Other Stories. Her short story collection Almond Wine and Fertility was published in Italy as Vino alla mandorla e fertilità. Her writing has been anthologized internationally. She is also a literary translator and founding editor-in-chief of Accenti Magazine. She has published ten volumes as (co)editor, including two on the internment of Italian Canadians during World War II: Behind Barbed Wire and Beyond Barbed Wire. Other titles include: Antonio D’Alfonso: Essays on His Works, Writing Cultural Difference, Conspicuous Accents, Writing Our Way Home, Reflections on Culture, Writing Beyond History, Adjacencies: Minority Writing in Canada and The Dynamics of Cultural Exchange. She has served on the board of directors of the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) and is past-president of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW). She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. She is the recipient of the Premio Italia nel Mondo and the Premio Donna Veneta. She lives in Montreal.