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Aliens in a Country of Immigration: Intersectional Perspectives

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

Abstract

Although representing aliens in varying ways, Inisero Cremaschi and Gilda Musa’s Le grotte di Marte [The Caves of Mars] (1974), Daniela Piegai’s Parola di alieno [Alien Word] (1978), Anna Rinonapoli’s “Metamorfosi cosmica” [Cosmic Metamorphosis] (1986), and Luce D’Eramo’s Partiranno [They Will Leave] (1986) all attempt to reimagine the dualism of human or non-human, which mirrors that between Self and Other. Drawing on Donna Haraway’s critical reflections, the chapter demonstrates how science fiction—which was disregarded in Italy by dominant Marxist and feminist scholars—allowed women writers to explore new possibilities and limits in the narration of the alterity, reflecting on the interconnection of race and gender discrimination. This section challenges the idea that Italian science fiction is merely an entertaining B-genre, showing how it reflects on the legacy of colonialism, transnational migration, and processes of racialization and sexualization. This chapter also compares and contrasts the representations of aliens with those in popular Italian movies made at the beginning of a visible immigration to Italy, such as Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination (1980) and Pier Francesco Pingitore’s Ciao marziano (1980). The chapter argues that these movies give fictional shape to the repressed collective fears that might have in turn inspired contemporary racist propaganda against immigrants.

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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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