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Migrant Memories: Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain (Cultural Memories)


Migrant Memories: Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain (Cultural Memories)

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    Margherita Sprio(Author)
Migrant Memories provides an innovative perspective on the power of cultural memory and the influence of cinema on the Italian diaspora in Britain. Based on extensive interviews with Southern Italian migrants and their children, this study offers a fresh understanding of the migrants' journey from Italy to Britain since the early 1950s. The volume examines how the experience of contemporary Italian identity has been mediated through film, photography and popular culture through the generations. Beginning with an analysis of the films of Frank Capra and Anthony Minghella, the book goes on to address the popular melodramas of Raffaello Matarazzo and ultimately argues that cinema, and the memory of it, had a significant influence on the identity formation of first-generation Italians in Britain. Coupled with this analysis of cinema's relationship to migration, the cultural memory of the Italian diaspora is explored through traditions of education, religion, marriage and cuisine. The volume highlights the complexities of cultural history and migration at a time when debates about immigration in Britain have become politically and culturally urgent.

Standing out from previous similar literature, one of the greatest strengths of 'Migrant Memories' is the meticulous use of a variety of artifacts and objects of memory as parts of the narration [...]. In this creative remembrance of personal memories and practices of home making, the author brilliantly opens up new and promising trajectories that throw an unexpected light on [... the] Italian Diaspora [...]. Academics, theorists, students, migrants, those who lived or are living the diasporic experience, those who can remember their grandparents' memories, will certainly benefit from this wonderful reading; it is a warm and sincere picture of our past and our present that will have a siginificant impact on the way we debate issues of migration and the problematic of integration between cultures. (Sara Marino, Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture 5.2-3, 2014)

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  • PDF | 290 pages
  • Margherita Sprio(Author)
  • Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften; New edition edition (7 Oct. 2013)
  • English
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  • By jazzlover on 10 May 2014

    This is a fascinating account of the Italian, principally Sicilian, community in post war Britain and the influence of migrant culture and recollections on film makers like Anthony Minghella, among others. One of the greatest strengths of the text is that interpersed with critical commentary and analyses are the recollections of anonymous witnesses and their families. Their testimonies are profoundly moving and sometimes very funny and entertaining. The author has also taken a personal approach, alluding to her own memories of growing up in Britain. I found reading this book not only enlightening and interesting but at times almost mesmerising and I was particularly enthralled by the critique of attitudes to films like The Godfather and to TV series like The Sopranos.Great read, really loved it

  • By Daniele Sorentino on 28 December 2014

    I'm Italian and even I learnt a lot! Easy enough to follow and very intelligently argued. Interesting to think about how far Italians in Britain have come. Brilliant bibliography for further reading too. Buy it NOW!

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