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Inventions of otherness and counter-narrative practices: Migrant women writers in contemporary Italy
Journal Title: MONDI MIGRANTI 
Author/s: Simona Miceli 
Year:  2019 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 Pg. 61-79 FullText PDF:  182 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MM2019-002004
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The article discusses some processes of othering that have distinguished European Modernity and that have consequently silenced ‘the other’. Although the post-colonial present has inherited these processes, it has also been permeated by dif-ferent tensions, since the migrants’ practices call Eurocentrism and consequent hegemonic narratives into question. In this light, starting from the results of a bio-graphical research realised through long-narrative interviews, the author focuses on the specific practice of the production of literary texts in Italian by migrant wom-en. After a presentation of the narrative intents that inspired the interviewees, the act of writing is investigated as a counter narrative practice, capable of provoking reflexivity about views on the common sense and able to create contexts for mu-tual knowledge in Italian society. In doing so, the endeavours of migrant women writers may call into question the Eurocentric legacy of otherness and break the mechanisms of forclusion. Finally, these counter narrative practices are interpreted as acts of active and post-eurocentric citizenship, which show interesting potential-ities for the Italian society.
Keywords: Otherness, eurocentrism, counter narratives, migrant women, writing, active citizenship.

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Simona Miceli, Inventions of otherness and counter-narrative practices: Migrant women writers in contemporary Italy in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2019, pp. 61-79, DOI:10.3280/MM2019-002004

   

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