112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Italian I

Session Chair: 
Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 5
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  1. Nathanial Peterson-More, University of California, Los Angeles
    Triestine identity and literature are widely seen to result from the city’s uniquely liminal geographic and cultural positioning. But what about the other side of the border? Inspired by the observations of critics like Angelo Ara & Claudio Magris, and by the notions of living and writing in a borderland, I investigate the relations of place and borders to the problematic, interconnected issues of identity and emigration in Post-WWII Istria, as they emerge in Fulvio Tomizza’s 1960 novel Materada.
  2. Laura Giancaspero, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
    This paper aims to analyze the role of identity construction that the wall drawings of a small village of the hinterland of Sardinia carried out with the local population. Orgosolo, village of shepherds, during the late 60's and the next decade, lived a season of strong social and political protest in the wake of the contemporary national social movements of '68.
  3. Adriana Benvenuto, Glendale Community College
    This paper introduces the novel Kkweya, by Carla Macoggi, to share tales between two culture groups of her origin: the Ethiopian and the Italian. It analyses how the hybrid identity of a little Ethiopian girl has been formed and the challenges of crossing cultures by exploring post-colonial literature and the multicultural Italian literature.
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