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Authenticating, authorising, politicizing: Paratext and first-wave Italian American and African Italian migrant autobiographies

Wren-Owens, Elizabeth Anne 2011. Authenticating, authorising, politicizing: Paratext and first-wave Italian American and African Italian migrant autobiographies. Forum Italicum 45 (1) , pp. 166-186.

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Abstract

This article aims to explore the agency of the migrant to speak in the destination culture through an examination of the way in which first-generation autobiographies are introduced. It will compare Italian American autobiographies produced at the beginning of the twentieth century with African Italian autobiographies penned in the early 1990s, arguing that striking similarities between the respective literary forms of the texts, and the political climates in which they were produced, prompt an exploration of whether factors such as class, gender and the act of literary collaboration with an established cultural figure hold shifting or static values in permitting the migrant’s voice to be heard.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
E History America > E151 United States (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Publisher: Center for Italian Studies
ISSN: 0014-5858
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:48
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/26923

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