Inheriting Italy: Homecoming and Conciliation Within Diasporic Travel Memoir

Boccabella, Zoe (2008). Inheriting Italy: Homecoming and Conciliation Within Diasporic Travel Memoir MPhil Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Boccabella, Zoe
Thesis Title Inheriting Italy: Homecoming and Conciliation Within Diasporic Travel Memoir
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2008
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Armanno, Venero
Glover, Stuart
Subjects 420000 Language and Culture
Formatted abstract
In my manuscript, Behind the Oak Door, I write about travelling to Italy with aspirations to explore my Italian heritage, something I have deferred for much of my life to‘be more Australian’and fit in with my Anglo¬Australian peers.When I arrive in the tiny Abruzzese mountain village of my ancestors, I stand at the oak door of the house that has been in my family for centuries, knowing that once I step over that threshold, the experience of staying in this house, in this village, in Italy itself, will bring about change in me.Family folklore comes to the fore as I address ideas of homecoming and conciliation throughout myjourney, in a quest to accept and combine belonging to two cultures.Thisjourney of the present involves delving into my past, and the past of my ancestors, which brings about contemplation of the future and the possible role of this ancestry in upcoming Italian¬Australian generations.
My critical essay examines a new sub¬genre of memoir that has emerged in the past decade as second and third¬generation migrants address issues of belonging and displacement through accounts of return to the countries of their ancestors.It investigates the importance and nature of ideas of homecoming and attempted conciliation as features of this sub¬genre – diasporic travel memoir by the descendants of migrants – by examining three texts: Maria Pallotta¬Chiarolli’s, Tapestry (1999), Mark Rotella’s, Stolen Figs (2003), and my own manuscript, Behind the Oak Door. I explore how the ideas of homecoming and conciliation operate within these texts, corresponding to how this may ultimately lead to a personal acceptance of biculturality and the continued fostering of Italian culture in Australia.This is significant as Italian migration to Australia has now all but stopped, and many of the experiences and stories of Australia’s first-generation Italian migrants are being lost.



 
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