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The Internal Other: Representing Roma

  • Simone Brioni
  • Daniele Comberiati
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Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)

Abstract

This chapter analyzes the representation of Roma in Lino Aldani’s Quando le radici (1977) and Themoro Korik (2007), and Mario Soldati’s Lo smeraldo (1974). Instead of sharing the earlier generation of science fiction’s enthusiasm for the technological future, Quando le radici sees an escape from society as an act of resistance against modernization. While Quando le radici invites readers to “become Romani,” Themoro Korik describes an irreducible difference between Roma and Gagio (non-Roma). This section also illustrates Quando le radici’s significance in depicting the destruction of Italy’s rural areas and the internal colonization of the countryside. Quando le radici presents a different view on Roma than Lo smeraldo, which depicts this group as an imaginary presence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Brioni
    • 1
  • Daniele Comberiati
    • 2
  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3MontpellierFrance

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