Immigrant Identity in "Black Madonna" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Immigrant Identity in "Black Madonna"
An analysis of the themes in the novel, "Black Madonna", by F.G. Paci.
# 41166 | 2,400 words | 1 source | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 18, 2003 in Literature (Canadian) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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This paper provides an analysis of the novel, "Black Madonna" and covers thematic issues that relate to the novel's significance, including cultural identity, feminist issues and memory. The paper focuses on the book's depiction of the struggles of Italian immigrant families in Northern Ontario and the author's message of the importance of maintaining a sense of self-identity.

From the Paper:

"We see an old Italian neighbourhood that is clearly going through changes. More than anything else, we see how immigrant families try to deal with raising children in a new culture. In this novel, it is clear that there is a great distance between Assunta and her children. Even the children also become alienated from one another. For instance, from the very beginning, the story tells us that "Joey couldn't say he knew Marie that well anymore." (Paci, 1982, 7)
"Assunta, meanwhile, mourns for her husband in the old school ways she knows how. For instance, she cuts off all of her hair. We can see that the younger generation does not cope well with this. This is the beginning of the conflict between generations.
"F.G. Paci is a Canadian author. He was born in Pesaro, Italy, in 1948, which explains his interest in things Italian. He came to Canada with his parents in 1952 and grew up in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. This explains why "Black Madonna" is situated where he grew up.
"Paci was quite educated. He received a B.A. in English and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. He also received an M.A. in English from Carleton University. In the end, he decided to become a writer. His first novel was called "The Italians" (1978) and it became a Canadian bestseller."

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