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 II

Session Chair: 
SA Smythe, University of California , Santa Cruz
Time: 
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
Location: 
RCC Raincross D

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Anna Magdalena Giannetti, University of Oregon
    This essay considers Igiaba Scego’s short story Identità (published in Amori bicolori. Racconti, 2008).  Through a close reading, I consider how Scego’s text is able to destabilize and challenge the Orientalist, colonial, and racist gaze while bringing attention to the historical elements that have impacted contemporary migration issues in Italy.
  2. Patrizia Comello Perry, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    Motherhood, solidarity and identity in new Italian migrant films. This paper will focus on the representation of the New Italians, starting from the woman-to-woman relationship between Giulietta and Sara in Terraferma by Crialese. In Terraferma, motherhood creates a special relationship between the Sicilian mother and the African mother: from motherhood comes a new female solidarity.
  3. Maristella Cantini, Madison College
    Nel film della Archibugi le lezioni di volo sono lezioni di vita. Due giovani Italiani  che non hanno passato l'esame di maturita' decidono di fare un viaggio che li porti lontano dalla loro vita borghese annoiata e dalle famiglie a cui resistono con insofferenza.
  4. Elena Dalla Torre, Saint Louis University
      I propose to interrogate male friendship and the construction of masculinity in Carmine Amoroso's "Cover boy, l'ultima rivoluzione" (2006) a film that portrays the encounter between a young immigrant from Romania and a young unemployed Italian.  Gender, class and sexuality will be discussed in the context of globalization and precarity.     
Session Cancelled: 
No