Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Linguistic trends and exceptions in contemporary Piedmontese narrative

Italian Dept Research Seminar'General linguistic trends and exceptions in contemporary Piedmontese narrative' Dott. Andrea Raimondi (UCC)

The Piedmontese line of plurilingualism dating from the late nineteenth century – in which the use of non-standard language varieties played a major role in opening the way to experimental and subversive writing – has generally lost its grip on contemporary writers. However, there have been examples, though quite scarce, which show that the line of plurilingualism has not completely dried up. One such example is Benito Mazzi’s narrative, while the other is represented by ‘migrant’ novelist Younis Tawfik.

Despite being quite dissimilar in their choices and strategies, both Mazzi’s and Tawfik’s novels make use of a hybrid literary medium (with more dialect-derived words in the first case, and Arabic and foreign expressions in the second), a solution which proves capable of breaking with the ongoing standardising linguistic trend. I will analyse the use of dialect as a defence of social identity and as a way to rescue oral tradition from oblivion in Mazzi’s La formica rossa (1987, revisited in 2003). Afterwards, I will adopt studies on language and otherness to analyse La straniera (1999) by Tawfik. My aim is to show how literary language can also become the medium par excellence for making the Other’s voice heard. Andrea Raimondi is a fourth-year PhD student in the Dept of Italian.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Location: O'Rahilly Building 1.24
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr Mark Chu
021 490 2335/2486

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