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The Legend of 1900 – Heterotopia and Immigration Law
Dalarna University, School of Language, Literatures and Learning, Chinese.
2021 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries more than 4 million Italians migrated to the United States of America, a Utopia at the time. The Legend of 1900, one of my favourite movies, which is adapted from Alessandro Baricco’s monologue Nocecento and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, depicts a story about a genius pianist 1900, who is an orphan, adopted by Danny a black coal-man from the boiler room, and whose parents are supposed to be Italian immigrants. 

Due to the immigration law, 1900, who is a man without identity, visa, and any legal document, can never set a foot on the America soil. As a genius pianist performing music to amuse passengers, 1900 exists as a musician who can only live in a gigantic trans-Atlantic ship, Virginia. According to Michel Foucault’s idea about heterotopia, a ship is “a piece of floating space, a placeless place” as a vessel transporting people to their dream land. However, 1900, who is a legally unaccepted person, will never arrive Utopia by Virginia. He can only make a heterotopia, which is mirror of Utopia, a Utopia himself. 

The Law makes 1900 an unacceptable person and Virginian a placeless place. However, just because of such law-made heterotopia and isolation of an individual, a genius is created. In this paper, I will illustrate how Virginian gives birth to a pianist and why 1900 at the end does not want to leave the ship to discuss the meaning of this movie and the relationship between law and space.

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2021.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-39230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-39230DiVA, id: diva2:1623761
Conference
Breaking Boundaries: Reimagining Borders in Postcolonial and Migrant Studies. Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Available from: 2021-12-30 Created: 2021-12-30 Last updated: 2023-04-14Bibliographically approved

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