This book examines the meaning of home through the investigation of a series of public and private spaces recurrent in Italian postcolonial literature. The chapters, by respectively considering Termini train station in Rome, phone centres, the condominium, and the private spaces of the bathroom and the bedroom, investigate how migrant characters inhabit those places and turn them into familiar spaces of belonging. Home, Memory and Belonging in Italian Postcolonial Literature suggests “home spaces” as a possible lens to examine these specific places and a series of practices enacted by their inhabitants in order to feel at home. Drawing on a wide array of sources, this book focuses on the role played by memory in creating transnational connections between present and past locations and on how these connections shape migrants’ sense of self and migrants’ identity.
Chapter 1. Spaces of memory, spaces of belonging: home in postcolonial Italy. - Chapter 2. Termini Train Station: a Place to Arrive, a Place to Leave and to Live. - Chapter 3. The Phone Centre, a Place to Call Home. - Chapter 4. Spaces of Residence and Transnational Microcosms in Postcolonial Italy. - Chapter 5. Rooms as homes: the bathroom and the bedroom as memory containers. - Chapter 6. Conclusion - At home, everywhere
Chiara Giuliani is a Lecturer in Italian Studies at University College Cork, Ireland. She researches different aspects of postcolonial literature, questions of home and identity, as well as the cultural representation of the Chinese community in Italy. She has published widely on these topics in different academic journals and books.
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Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 388 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:1 Illustrations, black and white
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