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July 15, 2016

Sicily - Historical Essays ... index

Tom Verso

Over the years there have been a number of random essays posted on this blog about the history and culture of Sicily. The purpose of this posting is to provide an aggregated...

June 23, 2016

“Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture”
 - University of Pennsylvania - February 2016 -- { Senza Storici }

Tom Verso

How excited and proud all Sicilian Americans can feel about an international conference about Sicily being held at a crème de la crème Ivy League University (see: https://www..

March 21, 2016

Arnold J. Toynbee: “The Creation of a Literature in Latin on the Pattern of the Literature in Greek”

Tom Verso

Professor Cory Crawford of Brigham Young University writes in his paper “A Brief History of the Italian Language”: “We could write tomes on the changes [from Latin to...

March 2, 2016

Professor Cosetta Seno’s asks: …“Who Did It? The Mysterious Murder of the History of Italian Literature” … [part 2 of 2]

Tom Verso

In my first blog commentary on University of Colorado Italian Studies Professor Cosetta Seno’s 2014 “Italica” article (“Who Did It?

January 15, 2016

“Italy – Modern Architectures in History” … Senza il Sud o Sicilia (Surprise!)

Tom Verso

Unlike most architectural history books, filled predominately with pictures and aesthetic narratives in terms of genre (Neo-Classical, Baroque, etc.) and noting how the pictured...

December 29, 2015

“Brooklyn Existentialism: …” A Great Must Read Book – but Flawed by Authors’ Excessive Ambition and Confused Metaphysics

Tom Verso

Arthur DiClementi and Nino Langiulli, respectively of “St. Francis College” Math and Philosophy Departments; have written a book that should be the curriculum basis of the...

October 31, 2015

“The Renaissance Perfected” – Tuscany a Fascist Potemkin Village – Must Reading for Southern-Italian Americans!

Tom Verso

‘The Northern Question’ … is never a topic of southern-Italian American academic consideration; while untold English language volumes relentlessly pure forth about its...

September 26, 2015

Gregory Corso – Natural Born: Poet, Intellectual and “Boho Dancer” … An Extraordinary Southern-Italian American

Tom Verso

Being profoundly poetry challenged – I simply can’t read the 'stuff '. A couple of lines of poetry in any form and my brain shuts down, I begin thinking about the Mets’...

August 6, 2015

Paul Piccone – Natural Born Intellectual … Terroni Surprise: 19th Century Neapolitan Origins of 20th Century Italian Philosophy

Tom Verso

Paul Piccone writes: “Antonio Gramsci’s … articulation of Marxism … finds its origins in nineteenth-century NEAPOLITIAN neo-Hegelianism…[which came to] DOMINATE...

July 8, 2015

Northern Italian Cultural Hegemony in the Capital of Southern-Italian Americana … Content Analysis of i-Italy|NY Seasons 5 and 6

Tom Verso

In their book of essays, “Italian Cultural Studies: An Introducation”, editors David Forgacs and Robert Lumley write: “We hope this book will stimulate a critical...

June 16, 2015

Sicily’s Revolutionary Spirit … From Ducetius (450 BC) to Brigandage (1866 A.D.) … and then … The Spirit Died!

Tom Verso
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In 1860, seeking an independent State of Sicily, Sicilians were revolting against the Naples based Bourbon government of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. /// /// Never missing an...

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