Utopias of Self in Imaginary Homelands


  • Deborah Saidero Università degli Studi di Udine




transnational writing, identity, utopia


Moving between different homelands involves constructing utopias of place and self. Such mythical past, present and future selves are intertwined with the construction of imaginary homelands in the writings of transnational Canadians, for whom the quintessential questions of the Canadian imagination – Who am I? and Where is here? – continue to be unsolvable dilemmas.

Utopie del sé in patrie immaginarie
L’intrecciarsi di rappresentazioni utopiche di sé passati, presenti e futuri con la costruzione di patrie immaginarie emerge in modo prominente nella scrittura di soggetti canadesi transnazionali, per i quali le domande centrali dell’immaginario canadese – chi sono? e dove è qui? – continuano ad essere dilemmi irrisolvibili.


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How to Cite

Saidero, D. (2022). Utopias of Self in Imaginary Homelands. Oltreoceano - Rivista Sulle Migrazioni, (19), 83–89. https://doi.org/10.53154/Oltreoceano33