The many voices of Piedmont: language, identity and alterity in the works of modern and contemporary Piedmontese writers

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dc.contributor.advisor Ross, Silvia en Raimondi, Andrea 2016-05-10T08:14:48Z 2015 2015
dc.identifier.citation Raimondi, A. 2015. The many voices of Piedmont: language, identity and alterity in the works of modern and contemporary Piedmontese writers. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this project is to carry out a linguistic analysis of a group of modern and contemporary narratives written by authors from the same Italian region: Piedmont. The novels and short stories examined stand out for the intriguing ways in which they move between a variety of idioms – Italian, Piedmontese dialects, English and pastiches, with some rare excursions into French. A sociolinguistic study and an overview of political changes that Piedmont underwent from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries are provided, with the purpose of outlining the region’s sociogeographical and historical background which can be seen to have fostered multilingualism in a group of writers. With the support of linguistic studies and philosophical theories on the relation between identity, alterity and language (such as Edwards’s Language and Identity and Bakhtin’s reflections on language), I then elucidate the presence of diverse linguistic varieties in selected narratives by Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio, Primo Levi, Nanni Balestrini, Fruttero & Lucentini, Benito Mazzi and Younis Tawfik. In other words, my purpose is to explain the reasons for multilingualism in each writer, as well as to underscore the ideological positions which lie behind the linguistic strategies of the authors. With this study I attempt to fill a gap and cast new light on Piedmontese literature. Although some critical studies on the use of dialect or English exist on individual authors and works (e.g. Meddemmem on Fenoglio’s use of English and Beccaria on Pavese’s inclusion of Piedmontese dialect), and some important contributions to the history of Piedmontese literature have appeared in print, to date no current, systematic study that compares different Piedmontese writers under the language/identity theme has been published. The study concludes with a summary of the evolution of plurilingualism in Piedmont and highlights the common trends in the use of multiple linguistic varieties as tools for both social demarcation and an opening up to alternative, marginalised andforeign cultures. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Andrea Raimondi. en
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dc.subject Piedmontese writers en
dc.subject Identity and alterity en
dc.subject Multilingualism en
dc.subject Regional literature en
dc.subject Linguistic criticism en
dc.title The many voices of Piedmont: language, identity and alterity in the works of modern and contemporary Piedmontese writers en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Italian en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
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dc.check.embargoformat Both hard copy thesis and e-thesis en
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2016 en

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