What is a ‘Minor’ Language? Somali Italian Literature and Beyond — Italian and Mediterranean Colloquium


Date: Sep 28, 2017

Italian and Mediterranean Colloquium
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What is a ‘Minor’ Literature? Somali Italian Literature and Beyond

Presenter: Simone Brioni (Stony Brook University)

Respondent: Madeleine Dobie (Columbia University)

Moderator: Pier Mattia Tommasino (Columbia University)

Brioni examines to what extent Deleuze and Guattari’s definition of the three main features of ‘minor literature’ – namely ‘the deterritorialization of language, the connection of the individual to a political immediacy, and the collective assemblage of enunciation’ – are relevant in analyzing literature by authors of Somali origins in Italian. He argues that ‘minor literature’ should not be seen as a rigid framework to be applied in interpreting a specific case study, although its theoretical flexibility might be useful when investigating a literature that strongly refuses categorization. In particular, Deleuze and Guattari’s reference to ‘minor’ literature as a literature ‘in becoming’ helps to identify the position of Somali Italian literature in a transnational context, proposing some changes in how ‘Italian’ literature has been conceptualized so far.

 

Presented by the Department of Italian & co-sponsored by The European Institute.

 

Date: Sep 28, 2017

Italian and Mediterranean Colloquium
Click here to view the full colloquium program.

To RSVP please email pmt21114@columbia.edu

 

What is a ‘Minor’ Literature? Somali Italian Literature and Beyond

Presenter: Simone Brioni (Stony Brook University)

Respondent: Madeleine Dobie (Columbia University)

Moderator: Pier Mattia Tommasino (Columbia University)

Brioni examines to what extent Deleuze and Guattari’s definition of the three main features of ‘minor literature’ – namely ‘the deterritorialization of language, the connection of the individual to a political immediacy, and the collective assemblage of enunciation’ – are relevant in analyzing literature by authors of Somali origins in Italian. He argues that ‘minor literature’ should not be seen as a rigid framework to be applied in interpreting a specific case study, although its theoretical flexibility might be useful when investigating a literature that strongly refuses categorization. In particular, Deleuze and Guattari’s reference to ‘minor’ literature as a literature ‘in becoming’ helps to identify the position of Somali Italian literature in a transnational context, proposing some changes in how ‘Italian’ literature has been conceptualized so far.

 

Presented by the Department of Italian & co-sponsored by The European Institute.

 

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