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Going Places

Slovenian Women's Stories on Migration

edited by Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik and Jernej Mlekuž

Publication Year: 2014

Going Places is a narrative of a century of Slovenian Women's immigration stories. The book traces the migration of these Eastern European women to several destinations including Argentina, Egypt, Italy, and the United States. The research has been carefully culled from the subjects' letters, personal diaries, and oral interviews. What results is a story that covers the span of three or four generations. The book highlights in biography the story of identity under construction. Each woman's identity surpasses ethnic, national identity or belonging, but at the same time, contains different elements of identity transformation at different stages of the narrator's life. As one participant said, "While their suitcases may be light with personal belongings, their stamina, strength and determination and emotional commitment would sink a battleship."

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

Mirjam Milharcic Hladnik

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pp. 1-18

This book is based on the written and oral records of the personal experiences of women migrants from a small land in Central Europe. The letters, narratives, life stories, and testimonies cover a span of three to four generations of women who faced an unknown world,...

I Transnational Emotions

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Chapter 1 A Slovenian Bride in Cleveland

Mirjam Milharcic Hladnik

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pp. 21-67

At noon on Tuesday, November 25, 1930, a young couple disembarked from the steamboat Saturnia to Ellis Island. They were elegant, dressed in the latest fashion. The man was relaxed and self-confident, while the woman was obviously facing New York skyscrapers for...

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Chapter 2 A Wife at Home

Marjan Drnovšek

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pp. 68-102

The period of the Yugoslav monarchy (1918–41) was short but very dynamic when it came to migration. The golden gates of the United States were by now barely ajar; Europe, however, became livelier migration-wise. The migration currents prior to World War I were...

II Silenced Stories

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Chapter 3 Aleksandrinke in Egypt

Daša Koprivec

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pp. 105-135

This is what Mrs. Karmen Žuljan told us during our research. She was one of the many young girls who traveled from Europe to Egypt in the 1920s because they knew they would be able to get work as housemaids, chambermaids, or nannies. This chapter will discuss...

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Chapter 4 Dikle in Italian Cities

Jernej Mlekuž

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pp. 136-168

Most Slovenians will be familiar with the poem from school: a woman tempted by travel and foreign lands falls for the words of a Moor and, after leaving her husband and a child, now feels remorseful, regretful, and traumatized. The voice of Slovenia’s greatest poet...

III Active, Skilled, Ambitious

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Chapter 5 Slamnikarice Abroad and at Home

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pp. 171-212

The story told by Marina Lenček,2 the wife of Francka’s grandson, meant a new dimension in the history of straw hat making in Domžale,3 at least to me, because my roots are not in the region. I knew about the migration statistics but did not know about the...

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Chapter 6 Eurocrats in Brussels

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pp. 213-234

Sitting at a table in Place du Luxembourg, one is able to watch the bustle of activity that makes this plaza one of the liveliest in all of Brussels. Cafés line its boundaries, and their tables spill out onto the sidewalks, particularly at the first sign of sunny weather in a city...

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Conclusion

Jernej Mlekuž

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pp. 235-242

The concept of this book, which focuses on the subjective, experiential, and lived-through dimension of events and occurrences, provides stories of people who are not favorites of political, national, and other important histories. As indicated by the heroines of these chapters, the stories, memories, and records tell us more about the ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781937378752
E-ISBN-10: 1937378756
Print-ISBN-13: 9781937378714
Print-ISBN-10: 1937378713

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2014

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Subject Headings

  • Women -- Slovenia -- History.
  • Slovenes -- Foreign countries -- Biography.
  • Slovenes -- Foreign countries -- History.
  • Slovenia -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
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