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What's in a name: literature and the politics of changing national identity

Hosted by Languages and Cultures, Professors Professor Marie Orton (Brigham Young University, USA) and Graziella Parati (Dartmouth College, USA) present a research seminar on: "What’s in a Name? Literature and the Politics of Changing National Identity."

In this conversation, Professor Marie Orton and Professor Graziella Parati ask us to consider: What is "migration literature"? Minority literature? Multicultural literature?

Together they will trace the history of the field that studies the literary production by those who migrated to Italy over the past 30 years, the main political and cultural issues and debates involved, and they will look at the role that naming plays in these debates.

Presenter details

Marie Orton is Professor of Italian at BYU. Her research focuses predominantly on contemporary Italy and the significant cultural shift occurring due to migration. Related areas include diversity studies, Shoah studies, cinema studies, and gender studies. She is currently co-editing the volume Contemporary Italian Diversity in Critical and Fictional Narratives with Graziella Parati (forthcoming with Farleigh Dickinson University Press).

Graziella Parati is GP is Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Literature and Language and holds a joint appointment in Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Among her areas of expertise are twentieth-century Italian literature and culture, post-colonial studies and Italian multiculturalism and migrations studies. She has published widely, most recently, a book titled Migrant Writers and Urban Space in Italy: Proximities and Affect in Literature and Film (2017). She is currently working on 3 separate book projects: on autobiography and nation building, on waste, and on contemporary Italian feminism.


Please email for the Zoom link address and password if you cannot attend in person.

Date Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Departmental Seminar
DepartmentLanguages and Cultures
LocationBurns 5, Arts Building, 95 Albany Street Dunedin
Also by Zoom invitation
Contact NameAssociate Professor Cecilia Novero
Contact Phone+64 3 479 8694

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