Desmond O’Connor is Professor of Italian in the Department of Languages, School of Humanities at Flinders. He has published studies on lexicography and on Italian and Italian-Australian poetry, and is widely recognised for his research and publications on the settlement of Italians in South Australia. His most well-known books are <em>No need to be afraid, Italian settlers in South Australia between 1839 and the second world war </em>(Kent Town SA, Wakefield Press, 1996) and <em>A History of Italian and English Bilingual Dictionaries</em> (Florence, Olschki, 1990). He recently edited a volume of essays on South Australia’s Italians entitled <em>Memories and Identities. Proceedings of the Second Conference on the Impact of Italians in South Australia</em> (Adelaide, Australian Humanities Press, 2004). </body>

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  • Introduction 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2008-11)
    Overview of a special issue devoted to aspects of Italian settlement in Australia stemming from an international conference held at Flinders University in September 2007 entitled "Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities".
  • Review of 'Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions' ed. Bill Kent, Ros Pesman and Cynthia Troup. 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (2010-04-29)
    Review of 'Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions' ed. Bill Kent, Ros Pesman and Cynthia Troup.
  • Adopting and adapting: Italian settlement in South Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. [abstract]. 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (2006)
    The biggest influx of Italians to Australia, including South Australia, occurred during the 1950s and 1960s as a result of the Australian government’s post-war immigration programme, which attempted to meet the perceived ...
  • Viva il Duce: The Influence of Fascism on Italians in South Australia in the 1920s and 1930s 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (Historical Society of South Australia, 1993)
    The first big increase of the size of the Italian community in Australia occurred after World War I, due mainly to the tightening up by the USA of its immigration laws, including the application of a quota system, and also ...
  • "Helping People Has Been My Happiness": The Contribution of Elena Rubeo to the Italian Community in South Australia 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (Lythrum Press, 2004)
    Elena Rubeo, who was born in Rome in 1896, was the first woman in Australia to be appointed to an Italian consular post. This chapter will look at her life, her involvement in the Italian community, and the determination ...
  • Leopardi and the "Desert of Life" 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (The Italian Discipline, Flinders University of South Australia, 1989)
    The central metaphor used here - that of life as a barren, arid state - recurs frequently throughout Leopardi's work, in both his prose and his poetry, in contexts that describe his own personal condition and/or that of ...
  • A Home Away From Home: Alfred Mantegani in Australia 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (The Italian Discipline, Flinders University, 1992)
    The name of Alfred Mantegani was first brought to the attention of historians of Italians in Australia in 1963 when the Italian-language newspaper 'La Fiamma' dedicated a Supplement to the Italian community in Adelaide, ...
  • From Venus to Proserpine: Sappho's Last Song 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (University of Toronto. Dept. of Italian Studies, 1998)
    Leopardi had shown interest in the ancient Greek poetess at least from 1814 when he included the translation of one of her poems in a small epithalamial collection of 'Scherzi epigrammatici tradotti dal greco'. When compared ...
  • Italians in South Australia: The First Hundred Years 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (The Italian Discipline, Flinders University of South Australia, 1993)
    During the period under consideration, 1839-1939, the number of Italians residing in South Australia was quite small, especially before 1925, but their impact, as we shall see, was quite marked. In 1881, when for the first ...
  • Building blocks of settlement: Italians in the Riverland, South Australia 

    King, Sara; O'Connor, Desmond John (2003-07)
    The Riverland region is situated approximately 200 km. north-east of Adelaide and consists of a strip of land on either side of the River Murray from the South Australian-Victorian border westwards to the town of Morgan. ...
  • From Tobruk to Clare: the experiences of the Italian prisoner of war Luigi Bortolotti 1941-1946 

    O'Connor, Desmond John (Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2003-12)
    The paper explores the personal account of an Italian prisoner of war, Luigi Bortolotti (1916-1980), who has left a 300-page diary manuscript that relates his experiences from the time of his capture in Tobruk in 1941 until ...