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Loren Kajikawa, Sounding Race in Rap Songs

Camilla Fascina
Review of Sounding Race in Rap Songs.

Politiche della razza all'opera. L'Aida in Egitto come caso studio

Maria Elena Paniconi
In this article I emphasize the key-role played by the representation of a racial hierarchy in Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, showing how, in its fortunate Egyptian re-edition, this Opera is still represented as a perpetual mise en scène of a racial stereotype. After tracing the genesis of Aida I explain how, since its première in Cairo in 1871, this magnificent opera has become representative of a whole set of modern symbolic values for the Egyptian...

Looking for Kunta Kinte: Alex Haley's Roots and African American Genealogies

Elisa Bordin
As the 30th anniversary 2006 edition recalls, Alex Haley’s Roots: The Saga of an American Family was a big popular success: in 1976, the year it was published, “the book sold over one million copies” and in 1977 the miniseries created out of it “was watched by an astonishing 130 million people.” David Chioni Moore reports that the book “was translated into twenty-four languages, and sat atop the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list for...

Filogenesi interrotte: prove di riscrittura del passato nell'opera di Djuna Barnes

Vincenzo Birra
Anche se spesso si commette l’errore di leggere il macrotesto di Djuna Barnes come un grande roman à clef, non è del tutto insensato ripensare al rapporto tra biografia e opera della scrittrice americana. Soprattutto negli scritti che riprendono il plot preferito da Djuna, cioè la storia della famiglia Barnes, la vita della scrittrice appare come un intertesto riscritto di continuo quasi a sottolineare la centralità delle relazioni familiari, dell’infanzia e dell’educazione nella sua produzione...

Gerald Horne, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America; Sylviane A. Diouf, Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroon

Matteo Sanfilippo
Review of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America by Gerald Horne, and Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons by Sylviane A. Diouf.

True and Fair: a Truly Fair Hendiadys or a Fairly True Tautology? Considerations on a Specialized Formulaic Item

Annalisa Zanola
Fairness is not a description, it is an evaluation. As for truth, the concept represents the real facts about a situation, an event, a person. What is true is real and reliable, and what is fair is good. In general English, there is no need to describe anything as both fair and true, but strangely enough the two adjectives are strictly joined in the accountancy domain. Ultimately, the use of such terms seems to raise...

The Master of Petersburg: Coetzee and Dostoevsky Merging Through Fiction

Alice Civieri
In 1994, John Maxwell Coetzee, the white South African writer recipient of the Nobel prize for literature in 2003, writes The Master of Petersburg, a novel different in style and narrative structure from his previous works that features the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky as its main character. The article aims to focus on the functions of biography and autobiography (or better, autre-biography) in the novel. The ‘lies’ of identity and of History, an important theme...

Beyond Myth:The Memory of Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

Michela Compagnoni
Since her death in 1603, Queen Elizabeth I has been remembered in ways that increasingly depart from history (Doran and Freeman 2003). Soon after James I was enthroned, mythical representations of Elizabeth – the warrior queen epitomizing chastity and national glory – were revived in popular recollections and literary eulogies, while the more controversial aspects of her reign were being partly repressed. Shakespeare’s treatment of Elizabeth’s legacy in his Jacobean plays was however different from...

Da Gordon a Django. Figurazioni dell'eroismo e memoria della schiavitù negli Stati Uniti

Anna Scacchi
Even before its release in 2012 Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was the object of hot transatlantic discussions, mostly criticizing the film as one more item to add to the long list of “white savior narratives” produced by Hollywood and questioning the right of white authors to appropriate black stories. Indeed, unlike the Caribbean and other former slave countries, where the public memorialization of the abolition of slavery and the slave trade has recently shifted its...

Colloquio con Fred Kuwornu

Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh
Interview with Fred Kuwornu.

Riding the Populist Wave. Metaphors of Populism and Anti-Populism in the Daily Mail and The Guardian

Massimiliano Demata, Michelangelo Conoscenti & Yannis Stavrakakis
This paper addresses the construction of the concepts of populism and anti-populism and their metaphorical realisations in British news discourse, and specifically in the Daily Mail and The Guardian, in 2016, a crucial year for populist politics. The analysis of two corpora made of articles from the two newspapers is based on the methodology offered by Corpus Linguistics and Corpus Approach to Critical Metaphor Analysis. The metaphors of populism emerging from the analysis highlight a...

Traduzione dell'intervista a Thomas Bonfiglio

Stefano Bosco & Thomas Bonfiglio
Traduzione dell'intervista a Thomas Bonfiglio

La risposta di Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol & Stefano Bosco
La risposta di Jonathan Kozol

Interview with Thomas Bonfiglio

Stefano Bosco & Thomas Bonfiglio
Interview with Thomas Bonfiglio

Foreign language acquisition in the case of d/Deaf learners: conceptualising compliments through original subtitles

Sara Corrizzato
The consistently increasing use of inter-lingual subtitles in audiovisual products has become an extraordinarily interesting area of research in many fields, such as the academic and the professional dimension. In fact, the discipline of translating audiovisual product dialogues from the original to the target language is now considered a common practice, which has led to several investigations into face-to-face communicative exchanges. Because of the frequent production of American and English TV series, cartoons, and films,...

La risposta di Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie & Stefano Bosco
La risposta di Sherman Alexie

La risposta di William Loren Katz

William Loren Katz & Mariasole Cailotto
La risposta di William Loren Katz

La risposta di Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke & Mariasole Cailotto
La risposta di Winona LaDuke

Intervista a Carlos Muñoz

Carlos Muñoz & Valentina De Rossi
Il Professor Carlos Muñoz è stato uno dei primi studiosi di gruppi etnici e chicani negli Stati Uniti. Nel 1968 ha fondato, presso la California State University di Los Angeles, il primo dipartimento di studi messicani del paese e la National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies. È autore di numerosi studi all’avanguardia sull’esperienza politica messicano-americana e sulle coalizioni politiche africano-americane e latino-americane. Il suo libro Youth, Identity, Power, the Chicano movement ha vinto il...

Silvia Cassamagnaghi, Quando lo zio Tom volle anche loro. Hollywood, le donne e la Seconda Guerra Mondiale

Sara Corrizzato
Review of Quando lo zio Tom volle anche loro. Hollywood, le donne e la Seconda Guerra Mondiale.

Cristina Lombardi-Diop e Caterina Romeo (a cura di), Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity/L'Italia postcoloniale

Anna Scacchi
Review of Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity/L'Italia postcoloniale, edited by Cristina Lombardi-Diop and Caterina Romeo.

\"We Understand That You Undertake to Overthrow Our Undertaking.\" Sulla critica cubista delle opere di Gertrude Stein

Enrico Frigeni
The article takes into account the way in which Gertrude Stein’s literary works have been interpreted by critics over the years. Following the writer’s own cue, scholars – starting with Stein’s long-time friend and admirer, Mable Dodge – have been inclined to view her baffling and sometimes obscure writing as an attempt to reproduce, through the literary medium, the project and the creative impulse behind the creation of the cubist avant-garde movement. Given Stein’s well-documented...

Memory, Truth, and Différance in Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending

Alberto Rossi
Julian Barnes’ successful novel The Sense of an Ending has been generating diverse interpretations, as it is told by a completely unreliable narrator. As it is said in the first part of this article, though, the tendency of the critics so far has been that of trusting the narrator himself in the last confession he makes at the end of his recounting. On the contrary, in the second part of the present essay the author...

Il ritratto e la scopa. Riscrittura di Henry James nel romanzo di esordio di David Foster Wallace

Daniele Giovannone
Although David Foster Wallace may be the most famous writer of his generation, his first works have been surprisingly neglected by scholars. This study attempts to cast a new light on Wallace's first novel by arguing that it may be a rewriting of The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James' masterpiece. The two novels share many similarities: the more evident of them concern characters and plot elements, but the more meaningful instances can be found...

Constructing Modernity and Progress: The Imperializing Lens of an American Engineer in the Early Twentieth Century

Stefano Tijerina & Sonya De Laat
Recent visual theory on the decolonization of the photographic frame offers an important alternative to thinking of photographs as artifacts of the past. Here, the authors build on Ariella Azoulay’s idea of ‘watching’ photographs—as opposed to ‘looking’—to restore and reinscribe links to the past in order to locate ‘potential histories’ in the construction of America (2008, 2013). In ‘watching’ photographs in American engineer Maxwell Waide Smith’s albums of the Kansas City, Mexico Orient Railway (1907-1908)...

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