About the Author

Simona Adinolfi

E-Mail: simona.adinolfi@ugent.be

Simona Adinolfi is a PhD student at Ghent University. Her PhD project examines contemporary novels of migration, showing how canonical themes usually associated with fictions of migration are being subverted and complicated on a formal level by analyzing them through the critical posthumanities. She is part of the Horizon 2020 project OPPORTUNITIES, for which she examines narratives of migration in Italian media.

Contributions by Author: Simona Adinolfi

Reading for Distance

Form, Memory, and Space in Contemporary Novels of Migration

Migration is one of the most defining issues of the 21st century. Indeed, mobility scholar Thomas Nail has defined the twenty-first century “the century of the migrant.” Contemporary fiction is also greatly invested in the exploration of the phenomenon, and when we read fictions of migration, we expect certain patterns and themes: from hybridization and ambivalence, first-person and past-tense narratives, and a certain degree of autofiction, to the inclusion of magical…