Scrittori Senza Frontiere: Il caso di Elvira Dones

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This article investigates multifaceted perspectives around the category of “migrant literature”, by focusing on the personal and professional journey of Elvira Dones, an Albanian writer and journalist who fled communist Albania in 1988 for Switzerland. Through the lens of the particular circumstances of her life in Albania, her escape, and her interactions with both her native tongue and her adoptive language and culture, I examine the reasons why she is called an “Italian migrant writer”, a label that she strongly rejects. In what ways might the category of “migrant literature” limit a more complex engagement with these narratives? This article traces the ways in which Dones asserts the right to freely inhabit a hybrid identity that resists reductive definitions. By charting Dones’ struggle, the lived contradictions and limitations of the “migrant" category are explored.

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©2018 University of Arizona Press. This article first appeared in Critical Multilingualism Studies: 6:1 (2018), 74-94.

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Radi, Lidia. "Scrittori Senza Frontiere: Il caso di Elvira Dones." Critical Multilingualism Studies 6, no.1 (2018): 74-94.