Italian American Literature and Film 
              
   SUMMER 2017

Prof. Fabio Girelli-Carasi

LECTURE 3

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THE GREAT MIGRATIONS

LECTURE The Great Migrations 1  (Migrations, plural)

Each large ethnic group in the U.S. calls their collective, historical experience "The Great Migration."

 

 

African Americans and how they share in the history of migration

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THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS  CLICK  audio

We will return to the importance of the African American experience in the re-definition of the "discourse" of equality and integration when we will read THE GODFATHER.

The Civil Rights Movement is at the core of the progressive interpretation -- and partially the success -- of Puzo's book.

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LECTURE

YOUR LANGUAGE IS YOUR IDENTITY

Son of Italy raises crucial questions concerning native culture, host culture and becoming acculturated.

Early immigrants from Italy did not see themselves as immigrants. They thought they were going to work to a very far away place, make some money and return home. Their goal was always to return. The fear was that something would prevent them from returning.

They also did not have a dream. They were not pursuing success. They were running away from a nightmare, the nightmare of their daily lives.

Many of them found another nightmare when they arrived here, and on top of it, a sense of alienation, the absence of familiar places and familiar faces. They became heartbroken, depressed and despondent.

Pascal seems to be saying that being an immigrant was some kind of Purgatory, an intermediate state on the way to a new identity. If you passed the test, if you endured, if you slowly shed your native identity and went through a period of assimilation  -- the immigrant phase you would become an American.

And, if you wanted to survive and prosper, there was no other way but to become American: You cannot live in two places, in America in your daily life and in Italy in your heart and soul.

The switch of identity is represented by the switch in the linguistic code. Language is a fundamental dimension of identity.
Going from Italian to English means that his soul became different.

His artistic temperament and talents exist only in the English dimension and for an English-speaking audience. He learned how to talk to them because he became one of them.

LECTURE Exploitation in  Son of Italy

 

Read the following chapters from Patizia Salvetti's  ROPE AND SOAP  LINK

Focus on the political meaning of lynching; relations between Italians and African Americans in the Deep South.

  • Foreword xvii - xx;  
  • CH 4: pp. 91-97  (in the notes for this chapter SKIP the part about the back-and-forth between Italian and U.S. diplomatic authorities.)  
ALL TASKS IN ONE SINGLE DOCUMENT

task 1: 

Copy the following statements:
"Late assignments and / or assignments that do not meet format requirements will not be graded."
"I understand the rules concerning plagiarism and I am aware of the consequences."

task 2     FINISH READING  SON OF ITALY 
Task 3  Write NOTES on each of the texts/lectures (identified by the yellow highlight)

BY THE WAY, here is an interesting way to take first-draft notes.

Feel free to write a comment on the value of the information you just learned / or your reactions; after ANY text.

Task 4     WRITING (optional)    Choose a topic that strictly relates to today's texts/lectures and write
ad-libitum about what you learned that
  • EITHER opens up new horizons to your intellectual curiosity;
  • FORCED you to revise previous ideas and concepts.

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