Ethnic pasts, modern presents

Identity(ies) in transition

Over the past decades, Canadian immigrant writing has emerged as a powerful force in shaping the evolution of Canada’s identity as a country – a vibrant, multifaceted, multiethnic, cosmopolitan society that it is today. The present study analyses four post-modern Canadian immigrant writers who explored the consequences of migration in the construction and transformation of identities while uncovering the tortuous path of the ‘silent’ movement towards ethnic integration. The aim is to explore how the theme of identity permeates the literary works of these writers who depict a migratory flow in search of identity and sense of belonging, where old ideals gradually give way to the new.




Part one
Language and the trace of an ethnic past: Rudy Wiebe and Joy Kogawa

Chapter 1
The Blue Mountains of China and the linguistic archeology of the Mennonite past

Chapter 2
Joy Kogawa’s Obasan: language, silence and identity

Part two
Generations in conflict and the loss of an ethnic identity: John Marlyn and Frank Paci

Chapter 3
Under the Ribs of Death and the father-son relationship as a metaphor for the ethnic experience

Chapter 4
Frank Paci: Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, the ethnic past and the modern present


Time for reflection

Biographies of the authors


ISBN: 978-88-99565-83-1
Pagine: 114
Formato: 15 x 21 cm
Serafina Filice
Serafina Filice
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Rosalba Rizzo
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