Italian-Canadian Connections at 30

  • Joseph Pivato Athabasca University


In 1985 Canadian Literature issue 106 was devoted to Italian-Canadian connections. This short opinion paper reviews developments in Italian-Canadian writing over the past 30 years. The main argument is that Italian-Canadian writers have strongly promoted ethnic minority writing so that it is now seen as an integral part of Canadian Literature. The articles uses examples from South- Asian writers in Toronto, Asian writers in Vancouver as well as Arab women writers and African-Canadian authors.

Key words: Italian-Canadian writers, ethnic minority writers in Canada, writing ethnic identity, barriers to literary publications, multiculturalism in literature


Author Biography

Joseph Pivato, Athabasca University

Joseph Pivato is Emeritus Professor in Literary Studies at Athabasca University, Edmonton. He has published nine books on Canadian literature including volumes on Sheila Watson, Mary di Michele, F.G. Paci, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, and Caterina Edwards. His M.A. and Ph.D. are in Comparative Literature.