Fonds RC0144 - Antonio D'Alfonso fonds

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Antonio D'Alfonso fonds

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  • 1968-2015 (Creation)
    D'Alfonso, Antonio

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10.75 m of textual records, graphic material, sound recordings and moving images.

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Antonio D'Alfonso was born in Montreal in 1953. He attended English and French schools and studied at Loyola College where he earned a B.A. in Communication Arts in 1975. He completed an M.Sc. in Communications Studies from Université de Montréal.

In1978 he founded Guernica Editions, where he edited 450 books by authors from around the world. The company is dedicated to the bridging of cultures in Canada and publishes both original works and translations in three languages: English, French, and Italian. In 1982 in collaboration with three writers he founded the trilingual magazine Vice Versa and in 1986 they founded the Association of Italian-Canadian writers. As an author himself, he has published over 20 books in French and English. He has won the Trillium Award for his novel, Un vendredi du mois d'août in 2005. He is also an independent filmmaker and scriptwriter. In 2010 his film Bruco won the Best Foreign Film and Best International Director of a Feature Film at the New York International Film and Video Festival (Los Angeles). He has lived in Mexico City, Rome and Toronto. He has taught at University of Toronto and University of California, San Diego and presently teaches film in the French Department at McGill University.

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The fonds consists material related to D'Alfonso's literary career.

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The first accrual (46-2009) was acquired from Antonio D’Alfonso between July 2008-July 2009, and was received with the Guernica archives. The second accrual was donated by Antonio D'Alfonso in 2015.


Series 1. Correspondence (subseries: general correspondence and personal correspondence)
Series 2. Published and unpublished works
Series 3. Literary readings, tours, lectures and conferences
Series 4. Sound recordings and moving images.

The second accrual is divided into the following series:
Series 1. Published works by D’Alfonso
Series 2. Manuscripts (notebooks) of unpublished translations
Series 3. Additional manuscripts and typescripts
Series 4. Teaching
Series 5. Conferences, Grants, and Readings
Series 6. Guernica Editions Ltd: Author Files
Series 7. Guernica Editions Ltd: Administrative Files
Series 8. Correspondence
Series 9. Correspondence (email) by date
Series 10. Education: Ph.D. studies and earlier education
Series 11. Graphic material

A selection of books by D’Alfonso was included in the first accrual. These have been separated from the archives and will be catalogued for Research Collections. A listing of these books has been prepared.

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Access is open except for files which are embargoed for a period of 25 years from the date of acquisition (until 2024), and marked thus, in the finding aid. These files have been removed from their respective boxes and will be refiled after the restrictions have been lifted.

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Further accruals are expected.

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