Emigration and Immigration in Literature Hallmark Works - Essay

Hallmark Works

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

ITALIAN-AMERICAN

ROSA: THE LIFE OF AN ITALIAN IMMIGRANT (ROSA CAVALLERI, 1970)

The complexities of Rosa's life are narrated in her autobiographical account of the immigrant experience, beginning with the unusual experiences of her birth in Italy, being placed soon after by her mother in the care of a hospital that takes in abandoned babies. Rosa claims to have been the last baby left anonymously in a hole in the hospital wall which contains a torno: “… like a cage that went round in the middle.” (p. 9) Mothers who have given birth illegitimately or those suffering extreme poverty would place the baby in the torno, and turn the contraption so that...

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