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

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The New Italians: Migrant Stories in Literature and Film I

Session Chair: 
Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Raincross D


  1. SA Smythe, University of California , Santa Cruz
    This paper considers migration in a capacious way, taking up enquiries within black, postcolonial, and gender studies. I demonstrate how Africa has been both acknowledged as origin and disavowed in contemporary articulations of black diaspora in Italy, examining the literary as well as the historiographical aporias in the narration of Italy’s history, including a disavowed relationship to blackness.
  2. Evelyn Ferraro, Santa Clara University
    This paper examines the technique of defamiliarization in Ghermandi’s novel. It illustrates how Ethiopian linguistic and cultural elements in her Italian text alter the perception of the Italian language and complicate notions of past and present Italian national identity.
  3. Christopher Kaiser, Yale University
    This paper intends to examine the relationship between migration, multiculturalism, and place by examining the portrayal of Rome's Piazza Vittorio in recent works by Agostino Ferrente, Amara Lakhous, and Isotta Toso.
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