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'History's attic': The role of legends and family stories in gendering and decolonizing us immigration and ethnic history through laurie fabiano's family saga "Elizabeth Street" (2006)

Abstract: Abstract: This article explores the role of legends and family stories in gendering and decolonizing US immigration and ethnic history, particularly through the lens of Italian/American literature and culture. Using the theoretical framework of the politics of representation, the analysis concentrates on the function of mythic and passed-down stories not only as naturalizing agents of cultural norms but as a means to destabilize hegemonic narratives, particularly gendered history and media influence. Laurie Fabiano's family saga Elizabeth Street (2006) is a debut novel that intertwines the strands of history, autobiography and journalistic research, among others. Precisely the status of this novel as a hybrid genre sheds light into the additional use of alternative sources such as legendary and familial narratives to study migration and ethnic history, as well as to (re)imagine the past from a feminist perspective.

 Autoría: Sanudo E.P.,

 Fuente: English, Volume 68, Issue 263, Winter 2019, Pages 366-388

Editorial: Oxford University Press

 Año de publicación: 2019

Nº de páginas: 22

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1093/english/efz034

ISSN: 0013-8215,1756-1124