A postmodern migrant subjectivity: Reading Italian-Canadian-ness, reading Breaking the Mould

Authors

  • Clara Sacchetti Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada & Lakehead University, Ontario

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v8i2.157

Keywords:

Migrant subjectivity, Italian-Canadianness, multiculturalism

Abstract

This article ethnographically explores the ways in which members of an Italian studies book club in the small north-western Ontario (Canada) city of Thunder Bay express their migrant subjectivity by and through a discussion of Penny Petrone’s memoir, Breaking the Mould. It is framed within a postmodern framework that draws attention to how people engage with a local discourse of Italian-Canadian-ness grounded on notions of homeland, heritage culture, and selfhood and challenged by notions of gender, immigrant generational position, and socio-economic class. It draws attention to the problematic of identity and highlights how vexation, tension, contradiction, rupture, and contestation is part and parcel of an Italian-Canadian migrant subjectivity in Thunder Bay and part and parcel of migrant subjectivity more generally.

How to Cite

Sacchetti, C. (1). A postmodern migrant subjectivity: Reading Italian-Canadian-ness, reading Breaking the Mould. Migration Letters, 8(2), 89-97. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v8i2.157

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