Becky Latcham-Ford

Travelling to Italy: Italy in the Anglophone Imagination

The project explores the representation of Italy in works by contemporary Anglophone writers, focusing on Nuruddin Farah, Caryl Phillips and Jhumpa Lahiri. The project compares these representations of Italy as a site of travel and migration, considering how the diverse postcolonial and transnational perspectives are articulated in relation to Italy. The reception of Italian translations of the texts is analysed to explore how external representations influence conceptions of Italian identity in the Italian cultural imaginary. As such, the project engages with a wider discussion of how Italy’s colonial past and more recent status as a site of migration impact the narratives that underlie the concept of Italy.

Supervisors: Dr Neelam Srivastava, Professor James Procter and Professor Charles Burdett (Durham)