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Le trappole della testimonianza

La rappresentazione dei rifugiati in Consigli per essere un bravo immigrato di Elvira Mujčić, La frontiera di Alessandro Leogrande e le antologie di Refugee Tales

Lucio De Capitani    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia     ORCID iD

Elena Sbrojavacca    Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Venezia     ORCID iD



In the wake of the so-called refugee crisis, the ethical imperative to write about the predicament of refugees has become hard to ignore. However, many representational pitfalls are involved in this process. Can refugees relate their story in a way that does not trap them into the role of victims? Can authors that choose to tell these stories avoid appropriating these experiences? This article tackles these issues in a comparative fashion, taking its case studies and theoretical insights from both the Italian and British cultural context, focusing on Elvira Mujčić’s Consigli per essere un bravo immigrato, Alessandro Leogrande’s La frontiera, and the short stories collections Refugee Tales.

Keywords: Refugees and Literature. Postcolonial Custodianship. Representation. Elvira Mujčić. Alessandro Leogrande. Refugee Tales.

Language: it

Submitted: Sept. 11, 2020   Accepted: Oct. 1, 2020   Published: Dec. 22, 2020  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2020/54/002

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