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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27594

Title: Awakening the Calabrian Story: The Diverse Manifestations of Acquiring Knowledge
Other Titles: None
Authors: Marchese, Pina
Advisor: Booth, David
Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keywords: folklore
storytelling
Calabrian
Divine Mother
immigration
portraiture
literacy
Italian
Italian Canadian Women
Italian Women
Donne Calabrese
Donne Italiane
story
narrative
qualitative
biographies
Pier 21
Paese Mio
Issue Date: 13-Jun-2011
Abstract: It all began in the village. We would wake up with the sun, we would rest our laboured bodies underneath the moon. Gli vecchi (old folks) often told us: “In the end, all that will remain is our story. Nothing else really matters.” This thesis “Awakening the Calabrian Story: The Diverse Manifestations of Acquiring Knowledge” will take you into the lives of ten Southern Italian women from Calabria. They will lure you back to their villages: their place of birth, their hearth, to the midst of the olive trees. Their stories will then migrate to Canada, as these women take their first steps on Pier 21. “In the end, all that matters is our stories.” This thesis will give voice to ten Southern Italian women who will tell the world what, to them, matters most. They will tell their tales and pass on the wisdom they have learned along the way. With each breath and each step, they are always growing, never remaining the same. They go along and live out their villages wherever the thread takes them. This thesis itinerary will begin in the village, follow a journey across the Atlantic Ocean to a life in Canada. Chapter One: (Introduction) will outline and describe the background, purpose and objectives, on this journey of awakening. Chapter Two: (Literature Review) will look at pedagogical perspectives in curriculum theory. Chapter Three: (Methodology) will focus on the research methodology applied throughout this thesis process. Chapter Four: (Stories as Data) will lure readers into the personal lives and experiences of participants. Chapter Five: (Interpretation of Stories) will reveal the analysis of acquired knowledge as reported by participants. This thesis itinerary will continue and conclude by the fireside with a collection of Calabrian folktales told by these participants, and translated from the Calabrian dialect into English.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27594
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