Tag Archives: Italy

Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-40

400px-Colonie_greche_d'italia_e_siciliaPasqua e dintorni. Grandi gozzoviglie romane dell’abbacchio come se l’agnello fosse il totem nazionale. L’agnello?? Come disse Renan, l’oblio costituisce un fattore essenziale nella creazione di una nazione. Per fortuna arriva Gregoria che ci aiuta a ritrovare le origini (etimologiche) del Belpaese.

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Emotional geographies of Italian transnational spaces

Francesco Ricatti   University of the Sunshine Coast

CSR 19(2)The new issue of Cultural Studies Review (volume 19 issue 2) includes a section I have co-edited with Maurizio Marinelli on Emotional geographies of the uncanny: reinterpreting Italian transnational spaces. Our aim was to read transnational spaces constructed and inhabited by Italian migrants and settlers to Australasia as emotional spaces of uncanny perceptions, memories, narratives and identities. Drawing inspiration from the Freudian suggestions about the uncanny (das unheimliche), and later interpretations by Heiddeger, Derrida, Kristeva, Bhabha, Žižek, and Ahmed, we refer to the uncanny as the emotional reaction to something that is, at the same time, familiar and unfamiliar, homely and unhomely. The uncanny then becomes an aesthetic frame through which experiences of migration and colonialism can be read and interpreted. Continue reading

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