Skip to main content

Locating the Other: Antonio Tabucchi's Narratives of Cultural Identities

Buy Article:

$53.17 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Traditionally a country of emigration, Italy found itself transformed to a net receiver of immigrants in the last three decades of the twentieth century. The new migration patterns have deeply altered Italian national and cultural identities. Acclaimed writer Antonio Tabucchi has, for some time, contested dominant discourses of European identity, addressing national borders and cultural boundaries as a factor of personal and collective identity formation. He has participated actively in recent debates on the place of the Roma (gypsies) in Europe and has repeatedly drawn attention to the social and political factors that separate the Roma from mainstream Italian society. It is against this background that Tabucchi's narratives becomes exemplary: problematising, as they do, the notion of national territory and representing nomadic subjects who remain located outside normative spaces, thus disrupting the vision of homogeneous national spaces. I argue that Tabucchi uses the topos of the border both to challenge discourses of nationalist place-making and to explore the potential of border zones to provide alternative visions of cultural identity.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14735780701293516

Publication date: April 1, 2007

More about this publication?
routledg/rctc/2007/00000048/00000001/art00005
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more