Poetics and Literature of the Sicilian Diaspora: Studies in Oral History and Story-Telling

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773422261
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 528

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prefaces
Introduction 1
I Poetics of Methodology 7
Preamble 7
History of a Book's Making 16
Other Gambles 39
Constitution of an Oral Literature Text 48
II Oral History as Literature: The Theory and its Applications 59
A The State of the Art of Oral History 60
B Folklore and Oral Literature: The Sicilian Context 65
C Oral Histories as Literature: Their Poetics 75
(1) Traditional stylistic motifs and oral formulae 76
(2) The rhetoric of fiction: point of view 79
(3) The presentation of self as prototypical literary character 84
(4) Folk genre elements 89
(5) Themes and images as archetypal patterns 94
(6) Narrative and poetic structure, symmetry and aesthetic/ethical harmony 100
III An Oral Emigration History: The Trappetese as Protagonists 119
A The Tragedy of Justice Denied: History Without Power 119
B Roots of Sicilian Emigration: Trappeto as Microcosm 127
C Unification and Emigration: The Problems of the South 130
D The Dream Deferred: The "fasci siciliani" 136
E The Dream Crusted Over: Fascism and Emigration 138
F The Panther and the Lash: Trappeto in Post-World War II Italy 139
G Trappeto's Hemorrhage and Tourniquet: Emigration and the Jato Dam 146
H The 1970s: Point of No Return? 154
I The Dream Explodes: The Jato Crisis 159
J Still Time to Sow and Reap?: Trappeto Today, After Emigration 162
IV Trappeto's Oral Histories 181
A Trappetese, Wherever
Salvatore La Targia 185
Salvator La Targia: The Hit Parade from "Radio Family" of Trappeto 211
Michele Di Gaetano 219
Giuseppe Tutone 237
Filippo Militello 245
Vito Lo Grande 251
Salvatore La Fata 257
Antonino Fleres 259
Antonio Orlando 261
Salvatore Giambrone 269
B Families, Here and There
Leonardo La Fata 281
Rose La Fata 285
Dorotea La Fata 289
Gianvito Arato 291
Domenico Cusumano 297
Elena Cusumano 303
Gerolama, Mimma and Chiara Alia 309
C Between Two Worlds: Bridge or Abyss?
Mimi 333
Piero Cartosio 347
Stefano Sanfilippo 355
Salvatore Russo 367
Mechanic 373
Sebastiano Alia 375
Benedetto Zenone 383
Anonymous 393
D The Young: Lost and Found
Matteo Ragona 401
Armando Pacillo 411
Gaspare Costantino 417
Giuseppe Muscolino 421
Carolina Russo 427
Battista La Fata 429
Micheldimetrio Vinci 435
E The In-Migrants
Kirsten Zoega 445
Anette Pedersen 451
Lisa von Gunten 457
Orazio De Guilmi 463
F Trappetese, Forever
Vincenzo Palazzolo 473
Pino Vitale 481
Vito La Fata 485
Vito's Final Draft: The Children Who Really Want To Be Heard For Once 491
Multidisciplinary Bibliography 493
Index 509
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