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Poetics and Literature of the Sicilian Diaspora

Studies in Oral History and Story-Telling. Distinguished Dissertations

By (author) Justin Vitiello
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1993
ISBN-10: 0773422269
ISBN-13: 9780773422261
Barcode No: 9780773422261
This study incorporates over 40 oral histories of Sicilian emigrants to North Italy, Germany, South Africa, and America, collected upon their return in 1988 to their hometown of Trappeto, a village of about 3000 inhabitants in Palermo Province. The documents are analyzed as subjective/objective, or inter-subjective sources for understanding of a people's emigration. The multi-disciplinary approach includes anthropological, folkloric, poetico-literary, and historical and sociological aspects. It reveals a still-vital Sicilian culture. As contribution to the work of conservation, the Trappetese oral histories are transcribed verbatim, translated faithfully, and printed in the final chapter.

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