Migration Italy: The Art of Talking Back in a Destination Culture

By Graziella Parati

© 2005

In terms of migration, Italy is often thought of as a source country - a place from which people came rather than one to which people go. However, in the past few decades, Italy has indeed become a destination for many people from poor or war-torn countries seeking a better life in a stable environment. Graziella Parati's Migration Italy examines immigration to Italy in the past twenty years, and explores the processes of cultural hybridization that have occurred.

Working from a cultural studies viewpoint, Parati constructs a theoretical framework for discussing Italy as a country of immigration. She gives special attention to immigrant literature, positing that it functions as an act of resistance, a means to talk back to the laws that regulate the lives of migrants. Parati also examines Italian cinema, demonstrating how native and non-native filmmakers alike create parallels between old and new migrations, complicating the definitions of sameness and difference.

These definitions and the complexities inherent in the different cultural, legal, and political positions of Italy's people are at the heart of Migration Italy, a unique work of immense importance for understanding society in both modern-day Italy and, indeed, the entire European continent.

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These definitions and the complexities inherent in the different cultural, legal, and political positions of Italy's people are at the heart of Migration Italy, a unique work of immense importance for understanding society in both modern-day Italy and, indeed, the entire European continent.

Migration Italy: The Art of Talking Back in a Destination Culture

By Graziella Parati

© 2005

In terms of migration, Italy is often thought of as a source country - a place from which people came rather than one to which people go. However, in the past few decades, Italy has indeed become a destination for many people from poor or war-torn countries seeking a better life in a stable environment. Graziella Parati's Migration Italy examines immigration to Italy in the past twenty years, and explores the processes of cultural hybridization that have occurred.

Working from a cultural studies viewpoint, Parati constructs a theoretical framework for discussing Italy as a country of immigration. She gives special attention to immigrant literature, positing that it functions as an act of resistance, a means to talk back to the laws that regulate the lives of migrants. Parati also examines Italian cinema, demonstrating how native and non-native filmmakers alike create parallels between old and new migrations, complicating the definitions of sameness and difference.

These definitions and the complexities inherent in the different cultural, legal, and political positions of Italy's people are at the heart of Migration Italy, a unique work of immense importance for understanding society in both modern-day Italy and, indeed, the entire European continent.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 282 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Migration Italy stands as the first monograph in English genuinely dedicated to Italian migrant literature and cinema, and it achieves impressively its author’s objective.’


    Jennifer Burns
    Modern Italy

    ‘This book will be valuable to readers interested in contemporary Italy and the diversity of its voices in literature and film ... Recommended.’


    S. Vander Closter
    CHOICE

    ‘Highly readable and thought provoking.’


    Anne Urbancic
    Quaderni d'italianistica

    Migration Italy is a ground-breaking work that surveys, documents, and theorizes the literary and cinematic production of migrants writing and working in Italy. Graziella Parati’s knowledge of this production is encyclopedic, and her command of the Italian debates about immigration is capillary in its precision.’


    Barbara Spackman, Department of Italian Studies and Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
  • Author Information

    Graziella Parati is a professor in the Department of French and Italian, the Comparative Literature Program, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth College.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    1. Strategies of ‘Talking Back’
    2. Minor Literature, ‘Minor Italy’
    3. Cinema and Migration: ‘What’ and ‘Who’ Is a Migrant
    4. The Laws of Migration
    5. Conclusion

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index

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