Title: Ph. D. Candidate
Institutional Affiliation: Heidelberg Center for American Studies
Agnese Marino was born in Naples, Italy. In 2008, she received her B.A. in English and Spanish Languages and Literatures, at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” with a dissertation in North-American History. The thesis was about the contribution of Chicano women (Chicanas) to the shaping of a Chicano identity and to the development of the Chicano Movement. In 2011, she completed her M.A. Degree. Her dissertation thesis, entitled “Performative Identities and Premises of Post-ethnicism in contemporary USA: an analysis of two novels by Gish Jen and Rebecca Walker”, provided insight into the history of the American national identity and a critical analysis of Multicultural ethno-racial identities from a post-ethnic point of view. The following year, her work was awarded by the Italian Association for North-American Studies (AISNA). Now, as a PhD student at HCA, she is working on a project that analyzes mixed-race memoires and the way they can contribute to the shape of a new cosmopolitan identity in contemporary USA.