• Enclaves of Whiteness: Disquieting Presences and Domesticated Territories in the Sicilian Archipelago

    Author(s):
    Marcello Messina (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/fjvt-ak70
    Abstract:
    Filmic representations of Sicily and Sicilians often cast them as peripheral supplements within the general action. In the case studies I examine in this chapter, entirely based on films set in the minor islands of the Sicilian archipelago, this peripherality corresponds customarily to exoticised, racio-gendered Otherness. In this context, these discontinuous portions of Sicilian land are characterised as purified enclaves of whiteness at the exclusive disposal of the white characters. There, Sicilians only function as silenced servants, obedient helpers that mediate communication with the locals, or disquieting presences that are always on the brink of acting mischievously against the protagonists.
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