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Storie ‘vere’ ed eroine dei romanzi. Rappresentare la Somalia in 'Ilaria Alpi. La ragazza che voleva raccontare l’inferno' e 'Non dirmi che hai paura'

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Simone Brioni

Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Humanities Building, Room 1055 Stony Brook University USA - Stony Brook NY 11794-5359
About Simone

Simone Brioni è Assistant Professor presso l’Università Statale di New York, Stony Brook. Si occupa della rappresentazione letteraria e cinematografica delle migrazioni e del colonialismo in Italia nella prospettiva degli studi culturali e della teoria postcoloniale. La sua più recente pubblicazione è la monografia The Somali Within: Race, Gender and Belonging in ‘Minor’ Italian Literature (Legenda, 2015).

 

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‘True’ Stories and Heroines in Novels: The Representation of Somalia in Ilaria Alpi: The Young Woman Who Wanted to Narrate Hell and Don’t Tell Me You Are Afraid

This article analyses Gigliola Alvisi’s Ilaria Alpi: La ragazza che voleva raccontare l’inferno [Ilaria Alpi: The Young Woman Who Wanted to Narrate the Hell] (2014) and Giuseppe Catozzella’s Non dirmi che hai paura [Don’t Tell Me You Are Afraid] (2014), two novels that deal with two recent events in Somali and Italian history, the killing of the journalist Ilaria Alpi in Mogadishu in 1994 and the death of Samia Yosuf Omar while she was trying to reach the Italian shores from Libya by boat. Alvisi’s text is analysed in comparison with other fictional and journalistic representations of Ilaria Alpi, while Non dirmi che hai paura is examined through what Catozzella considers the two constitutive dimensions of the novel: documentation and identification. Drawing on Stefano Jossa’s reflections on the construction of literary heroes, the article challenges Alvisi’s and Catozzella’s claims that they represent ‘true stories’. The article also argues that the main characters of these literary works are portrayed as heroines and role models for the emancipation of Muslim women.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/incontri.10150
How to Cite: Brioni, S., (2016). Storie ‘vere’ ed eroine dei romanzi. Rappresentare la Somalia in 'Ilaria Alpi. La ragazza che voleva raccontare l’inferno' e 'Non dirmi che hai paura'. Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani. 31(1), pp.47–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/incontri.10150
Published on 10 Sep 2016.
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