Hybrid Identities? Immigrant Women's Writing in Italy

LVJ Benchouiha

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This article explores the Italian-language literature of female immigrant writers resident in Italy through an examination of autobiographical works by Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, Ribka Sibhatu, and Geneviève Makaping. It draws on contemporary postcolonial theory where the notion of 'hybridity' is posited as an important element in understanding how migrant identity is established and maintained. The article also considers how traces of 'hybridity' can be detected in the ways in which these writers deal with questions of language and genre, as well as home and nation. These are questions that have an impact on how Italian identity is constructed, and Italian literature conceptualized.
Translated title of the contributionHybrid Identities? Immigrant Women's Writing in Italy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251 - 261
Number of pages11
JournalItalian Studies
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


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