Italian American women in Helen Barolini's Umbertina

Ravaioli, Giada (2016) Italian American women in Helen Barolini's Umbertina. [Laurea], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Mediazione linguistica interculturale [L-DM270] - Forli', Documento ad accesso riservato.
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This essay analyzes the story and the culture of Italian American women, in particular how they are treated in the novel "Umbertina" by Helen Barolini. The essay first introduces briefly the causes of the great migration and the conditions of immigrants in the US. Then the focus moves on the analysis of the main themes that belong to the genre of Italian American literature. After having shortly treated the biography of Helen Barolini and a general presentation of her novel Umbertina, the essay goes on with the description of its three Italian American female characters and, in particular, of what it meant to be both immigrants and women, together with all the interior and generational conflicts they had to face in order to accept their new hybrid identity. An analysis of some meaningful metaphorical objects in the novel, such as the tin heart and the bedspread, the metaphor of Persephone and of the threshold conclude the essay. Through the analysis of the story of Umbertina, this essay wants to show how migration can lead to a displacement and the kind of journey people had to undertake in order to overcome the conflicts deriving from their belonging to an in-between culture and to accept their hybrid identity.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea)
Autore della tesi
Ravaioli, Giada
Relatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Italian American women, women's literature, diaspora, generational conflicts, feminist identity, Umbertina, Helen Barolini, immigration
Data di discussione della Tesi
18 Marzo 2016

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