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Title: Oralità e scrittura : un'analisi estetico-letteraria delle opere di Kossi Komla-Ebri, Tahar Lamri e Yousif Jaralla attraverso le forme dell'oralità
Author: Mussa, Kombola Ramadhani
ISNI:       0000 0004 5353 9499
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2014
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My thesis is an in-depth analysis of the writings of three Italian migrant writers. Specifically, I discuss several of the different forms taken by orality and explore the relationship between orality and literacy, by analysing the work of three important figures: Kossi Komla Ebri (from Togo), Tahar Lamri (from Algeria) and Yousif Jaralla (from Iraq). I have chosen to concentrate on them because of the originality of their works which possess distinctive literary qualities. My aim is to establish a new formal and aesthetic approach to "migrant writers", in order to: 1) enhance the current literary and critical debate (mostly influenced, in Italy, by thematic and sociological concerns); 2) question the Italian literary canon, which should definitely include "migrant writers" for the literary and aesthetic quality of their works. From a theoretical viewpoint my analysis has taken as its starting points, the idea of oral-literary continuum and Derrida's views on oralite vs. ecriture to challenge the perception of orality (and "oralitura") as an inferior and unsophisticated form of storytelling. This is a perception which is often shared by the authors I discuss and by their critics. I challenge this perception by revealing the literary sophistication of these works through an analysis of the formal patterns they exhibit. This clearly emerges especially in my analysis of the work of Iraqi storyteller Yousif Jaralla, on whose work there are very few in-depth studies. In my chapter on Jaralla I have focussed my account on two aspects of his work: his conception of himself as a storyteller who delivers oral narratives and the stylistic elements which he employs to give a musical rhythm to his tales. iv
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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