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The Musician and the Senator
The Microhistory of a Friendship

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ISBN 9781032274256
April 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book was conceived as a laboratory on microhistory, an attempt to illustrate its main processes and advantages. Through the microhistorical approach the reader is off on an adventurous journey to discover an individual person’s point of view: that of maestro Luigi Prisco, emigrated in USA from the South of Italy in 1902. Luigi Prisco was a provincial musician and composer, born in 1857 and lived Avellino, in Campania. In May 1902, unexpectedly, Prisco joined millions of people in emigrating from Southern Italy and the rest of the country to the United States, one more droplet in the immense river of Italian Migration.

Luigi Prisco’s Personal correspondence with his mentor and friend Senator Donato Di Marzo (1840-1911) provides us with a precious insight into the aspirations and desires of a man who, through his actions, brought radical change to his life. Maestro Prisco’s letters are an interesting and insightful form of self-narration, which can only be fully grasped through a microhistorical approach. The study of these letters is particularly valuable in highlighting the relationship between society and the intimate life of an individual, but also in underlining the active role that Prisco an individual was able to play.

This volume will be of great use to upper-level graduates, postgraduates and experienced scholars interested in microhistory, history of migrations, history of Self, and in the develop of theoretical approaches and methodologies when using letters as sources in inter-disciplinary historical research.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Preamble: A danse macabre towards a new world / 1. In the City of Frogs (1857-1901) / 2. Infernal chaos (1902-1904) / 3. The gentleman (1905-1907) / 4. The American Prisco (1908-1910) / Epilogue / Notes on Methodology / Bibliography

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Vincenzo Barra, PhD in Italy and Spain, external cooperator in the research group Histagra (Agrarian History and Rural World Policy), is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He studied the history of local elites in Southern Italy in the late modern era. His research has also focused on the comparative history of the political clientelism during the Bourbon Restoration in Spain and the Kingdom of Italy in the liberal age. His line of research includes the study of how everyday life was 'archived' and represented in ego-documents, focusing on Personal letters with a microhistorical approach.