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The Italian Immigration Experience in Canada

By Roberto Perin Franc Sturino

The term arrangiarsi is normally defined as "making do" or "getting by." This book marks the first attempt to provide a comprehensive treatment of the Italian presence in Canada, and to capture the experience of the Italian immigrants who helped to build this country. Through historical, literary, and artistic approaches, this collection of essays explores how these immigrants saw and were seen: what were their ambitions, their setbacks, their strategies for adapting to the new land. In addition to the editors, contributors include: the late Robert Harney , Bruno Ramirez, Gabriele Scardellato, Laurier Lacroix, Paul-André Linteau, Susan Iannucci, Nicoletta Serio, and William Boelhower.


Guernica Editions (Picas Series)


256 pages |

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Fascinating essays all ... Arrangiarsi should be viewed as a pioneer effort and a reflection of where Canada is in Italo-Canadian studies today.


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About the author

Roberto Perin teaches in the History Department at Glendon Campus, York University. Among his publications:Enemies Within: Italian and Other Internees in Canada and Abroad (1999); A Concise History of Christianity in Canada (1996); Rome et le Canada: la bureaucratie vaticane et la question nationale 1870-1903; Negotiating With a Sovereign Québec;(1992); Rome in Canada: The Vatican and Canadian Affairs in the Late Victorian Age (1990).

Franc Sturino teaches at Atkinson College, York University. He is an expert on the Italian immigrant community in Canada. He has written two books on Italian immigration to North America.