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Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

versão On-line ISSN 2309-9070
versão impressa ISSN 0041-476X

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VIRGA, Anita. African "ghosts" and the myth of "Italianness": the presence of migrant writers in Italian literature. Tydskr. letterkd. [online]. 2019, vol.56, n.1, pp.102-112. ISSN 2309-9070.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.56i1.6276.

In this article, I analyze the cultural meaning of the emergence of an African migrant literature in Italy at the beginning of the 1990s and its presence today. I put this emergence in dialogue with the construction of Italian identity as white. Through a brief historical account of how this social construction came into being, I verify how African migrant literature contests this (de)racialized myth of "Italianness." Using Gordon's concept of "haunting," I argue that African literature within Italian literature can be read as a manifestation of ghosts: the appearance of a presence that has always been there but was repressed by hegemonic discourses. African literature not only works against subalternity, but also reveals whiteness as imagined and acknowledges a colonial past that has been deleted from the public remembrance. Despite such work, African migrant authors today are still writing against the paradigm of the "arrival," asking: who is Italian? Who can represent Italian citizens?

Palavras-chave : Italian migrant writers; Italian identity; black Italians; African migration to Italy.

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