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Italian-Canadian Narratives of Return

Analysing Cultural Translation in Diasporic Writing

Authors: Baldo, Michela

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  • Explores translation, narrative and return as key theoretical concepts
  • Analyses a corpus of novels and memoir from three key Italian-Canadian authors
  • Treats translation as a point of both departure and return for writers in the Italian diaspora
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This book examines the concept of translation as a return to origins and as restitution of lost narratives, and is based on the idea of diaspora as a term that depicts the longing to return home and the imaginary reconstructions and reconstitutions of home by migrants and translators. The author analyses a corpus made up of novels and a memoir by Italian-Canadian writers Mary Melfi, Nino Ricci and Frank Paci, examining the theme of return both within the writing itself and also in the discourse surrounding the translations of these works into Italian. These ‘reconstructions’ are analysed through the lens of translation, and more specifically through the notion of written code-switching, understood here as a fictional tool which symbolizes the translational movements between different points of view. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of translation and interpreting, migration studies, and Italian and diasporic writing.

About the authors

Michela Baldo is Honorary Fellow in Translation Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Hull, UK. 

Reviews

“Michela Baldo maps out the theoretical questions posed by diaspora studies in a rich and compelling way. … This volume is also a useful overview of the themes and issues that are still unresolved within the field of ‘Italian-Canadian writing.’ … Surely, the merit of Michaela Baldo’s work is to demonstrate how the narratological inquiry – here operating meticulously – should go hand in hand with a broader cultural examination.” (Marco Gatto, ACCENTi, accenti.ca, January 11, 2020)
“Baldo’s latest volume is a welcome addition to the field of Italian-Canadian studies, a work that will certainly interest scholars in the area, as well as anyone interested in cultural translation or working with hyphenated literatures around the world.” (Tiziana Nannavecchia, Italian Canadiana, Vol. 33, 2019)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Translation, Narratives and Returns

    Pages 1-36

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  • Italian-Canadian Writing and Narratives of Translation as Return: The Italian Translations of Ricci’s Trilogy, Melfi’s Italy Revisited and Paci’s Italian Shoes

    Pages 37-127

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  • Towards a Narrative Model of Code-Switching in Diasporic Writing

    Pages 129-192

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  • Code-Switching and Return in Ricci, Melfi and Paci and in the Italian Translations of Their Works

    Pages 193-286

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  • Return as Restoration and Restitution

    Pages 287-345

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Italian-Canadian Narratives of Return
Book Subtitle
Analysing Cultural Translation in Diasporic Writing
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47733-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47733-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47732-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69325-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 433
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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