The Italian literature of immigration as a cultural crossroad: the significance of realia and onomastic elements in the narrations

Karanikikj Josimovska, Jovana (2013) The Italian literature of immigration as a cultural crossroad: the significance of realia and onomastic elements in the narrations. Kulture u dijalogu Knjizevnost i multikulturalnost, 2. pp. 329-340. ISSN 978-86-6153-181-1

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Abstract

The term “literature of immigration” refers to “sub-genre” developed in Italy in the last two decades by authors of migrant origin who chose to write in Italian, contemporaneously a foreign language for them and the language of their “host” country. The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of this literature in intercultural context through examination of culture-specific elements such as realia and onomastics in three famous novels of the popular authors Laila Wadia and Amara Lakhous. The first part of the paper provides a brief introduction to the literature of immigration in Italy: its history, the most representative authors and its place within Italian contemporary literature today. The other part of the paper concentrates on the results of textual analysis of the abovementioned works, which identifies and classifies the culture-specific elements in the texts and explains their intercultural function. For instance, there are number of cases where the influence of the new cultural context that the characters need to face is symbolically represented through a change of its name during the narration. Furthermore, the texts abound with references from the Italian and “the other” culture, such as song, book and film titles, names of authors, actors and other important figures. In particular cases the writers manage to join two references in a new “original” one which is symbolical reflection of the coexistence of the two cultural identities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Jovana Karanikik
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 10:20
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2019 09:39
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/7793

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