Literature and Film
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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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MOMA INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT
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.
quick notes on Son
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
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.
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|task 2 FINISH READING SON OF ITALY|
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