The Tragedy of Migrants. Gabriele Del Grande's Reportage

  • Luigi Franchi
Keywords: migration, tragedy, myth, reportage, journalism

Abstract

With the expression "tragedy of migrants" mainstream media usually refer to the ever-increasing number of shipwrecks of migrant ships in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite its literary connotation, the term “tragedy” does not help to explain the reasons for the death of thousands of people in the last few years. On the contrary, Gabriele Del Grande’s Mamadou va a morire (2007) and Il mare di mezzo (2010), thanks to the hybrid nature of the reportage forms, cast a new light on the interpretation of the migratory phenomenon: the joint action of the journalist approach and the literary imagination can help to grasp the complexity of this tragic events. Moreover, the reverberations in Del Grande’s works of some elements of Classical tragedy allow an interpretation of these reportage based on the “mythical method”: this reading strategy can be a useful resource to prevent the denial of the audience and to generate forms of solidarity between the migrants and the members of societies who welcome them.

Author Biography

Luigi Franchi
Luigi Franchi completed his Ph.D. in Comparative literature at Università di Bologna in 2017 with a thesis on the relationship between narrative and social revolts. He published articles on journals like "Between", "Griseldaonline" and "Nuova rivista letteraria, and participated to conferences held in Italy and abroad.

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Published
2017-11-30
How to Cite
Franchi, L. (2017). The Tragedy of Migrants. Gabriele Del Grande’s Reportage. Between, 7(14). https://doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/2795
Section
The Tragic Mode and the Social Conflicts