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


  • Clara Sacchetti

    () (Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.)


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.

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  • Clara Sacchetti, 2011. "A postmodern migrant subjectivity: Reading Italian-Canadian-ness, reading Breaking the Mould," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 8(2), pages 89-97, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:8:y:2011:i:2:p:89-97

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