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

ISBN: 9781299992009

Published: October 18th 2013

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303 pages


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Migrant Memories: Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain  by  Margherita Sprio

Migrant Memories: Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain by Margherita Sprio
October 18th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 303 pages | ISBN: 9781299992009 | 4.41 Mb

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 aMoreMigrant 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 cinemas 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.



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