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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231751

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.001.0001

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In Our Ears, a Voice: The Persistence of the Trauma of Immigration in Blue Italian and Umbertina

In Our Ears, a Voice: The Persistence of the Trauma of Immigration in Blue Italian and Umbertina

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(p.215) In Our Ears, a Voice: The Persistence of the Trauma of Immigration in Blue Italian and Umbertina
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American Woman, Italian Style
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Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0021

Approximately 80 percent of Italian Americans in the United States today can trace their roots to a southern Italian immigrant escaping the poverty and lack of opportunity in his or her own country. Migration necessitates a psychological dislocation as well as a physical uprooting, with ramifications for the children and grandchildren of immigrants who left behind basic support systems, a familiar environment, and a customary method of expression. The psychoanalytic term “transposition,” described by Judith Kestenberg, explains this process whereby trauma is transmitted cross-generationally. Much research had been done on the importance to both women of the mother–daughter relationship. The mother sees herself in her infant daughter and the daughter sees herself in her mother.

Keywords:   Italian Americans, migration, relationship, mother, daughter, transposition, poverty

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