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Leonardo da Montreal : the rhetoric of Italianità and the Canadian post-nation

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Leonardo da Montreal : the rhetoric of Italianità and the Canadian post-nation

Fratiloiu, Raluca Maria (2006) Leonardo da Montreal : the rhetoric of Italianità and the Canadian post-nation. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis offers an analysis of the rhetoric of Italianità or "Italianicity" "spoken" via an architectural object: the Leonardo da Vinci cultural center located in Montreal. Situated in the predominantly Italian neighborhood of St. Leonard, the cultural center reveals the multiple attachments that Italian-Canadians feel for the Italian community, for the city of Montreal, for the province of Quebec and for Canada. The rhetoric of the Leonardo da Vinci center is different from the narratives of Italianità from the past. While in the past the narratives of Italian immigration figured a reflective type of nostalgia, the Leonardo da Vinci cultural center projects this community in the future, revealing a restorative type of nostalgia. In addition, the center represents a venue for the performance of Italian-Canadian citizenship which is multi-faceted and challenges the classical definitions of this concept. The multiplicity of Italian-Canadians' attachments reveals the rise of a new motive in the rhetoric of identification of communities of people who belong away from homeland, namely the post-national motive. Italian immigration to Montreal spanned throughout a century. Today, we speak about 1 st to 5 th generation Italian-Canadians from Montreal. While before, they were a diasporic community, identifying with the place of origins, today they have become a post-national community which identifies with their present location, now their "home". This calls us to argue that while Canada is still defining its national identity, various former immigrant communities constitute a post-nation in the process.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Fratiloiu, Raluca Maria
Pagination:x, 284 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Charland, Maurice
ID Code:9116
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:45
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:52
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