'Civilization is Marching Up Our Hill: What Happens When Two English Misses Meet the Ligurian Peasantry in Annie Hawes' Travel Memoir, Extra Virgin
Globalization is a topic that stirs up passions and generates heated debate. Annie Hawes' "Extra Virgin" is travel memoir that, using humor and sardonic wit, chronicles, from first-hand experience, over a twenty year period, the collision between the remote village of Diano San Pietro in the hills of the Italian Riviera, and globalization (cultural homogenization, Americanization, Anglicization, and all the other nightmares of cultural purists). The account of how the hamlet is transformed by a number of forces, both internal and external, social, economic and above all, political, to become an integral part of the "global village", ultimately reveals both the complexity of globalization and the immediacy of its impact on us all.
Keywords: Effects of Globalization, Cultural Collision, Cultural Identity, Travel Memoir, Italy and Globalization, Literature
Dr. Grace Russo Bullaro
Assistant Professor, City University of New York-Lehman College