Campus

Dahlonega

Publication date

12-3-2020

Publisher

Soleil publishing

Book or Journal Information

Italica 92.7 (Summer 2020)

Abstract

The present article focuses on the Italian-language press in São Paulo in the early twentieth century. I establish that the press served as a tool that unified Italian immigrants through the development of a collective identity that transcended regional differences: that of social class. In addition to functioning as a binding factor among the Italians residing in the rapidly evolving urban and ethnic landscape of São Paulo of the era, the newspapers incentivized Italians to invest in their communities through education, thereby enforcing a shared goal of collaboration and community empowerment. Ultimately, this literary genre played a role in the unification of São Paulo’s Italian residents and, subsequently, in their upward social mobility.

Author Biography

JOSEPH D. PECORELLI is currently Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Spanish at the University of North Georgia. He directs the University of North Georgia’s Portuguese program and teaches on both the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses. His research interests include Brazilian literary depictions of Italian immigrants and Italian language writing in Brazil. jdpecorelli@ung.edu

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Constructing a Community: The Italian Press in São Paulo from 1880 to 1920

The present article focuses on the Italian-language press in São Paulo in the early twentieth century. I establish that the press served as a tool that unified Italian immigrants through the development of a collective identity that transcended regional differences: that of social class. In addition to functioning as a binding factor among the Italians residing in the rapidly evolving urban and ethnic landscape of São Paulo of the era, the newspapers incentivized Italians to invest in their communities through education, thereby enforcing a shared goal of collaboration and community empowerment. Ultimately, this literary genre played a role in the unification of São Paulo’s Italian residents and, subsequently, in their upward social mobility.