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By Chiara Francesca Ferrari, Joseph Straubhaar

"Since while is Fran Drescher Jewish?" This was once Chiara Francesca Ferrari's response while she discovered that Drescher's personality at the tv sitcom The Nanny used to be intended to be a portrayal of a stereotypical Jewish-American princess. Ferrari had basically noticeable the Italian model of the exhibit, during which the protagonist used to be dubbed into an unique, eccentric Italian-American nanny. Since while Is Fran Drescher Jewish? explores this "ventriloquism" as not just a textual and cultural move among languages but additionally as an business perform that is helping the media foster id between various audiences around the world. on the middle of this learn is an in-depth exploration of 3 indicates that moved from international to neighborhood, mapping stereotypes from each side of the Atlantic within the technique. provided in Italy, for instance, Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons is not any longer a belligerent, alcoholic Scotsman yet as an alternative simply turns into a primitive determine from Sardinia. sarcastically, The Sopranos-a exhibit equipped round Italian-Americans-was rigorously re-positioned via Italian television executives, who erased the notice "mafia" and all neighborhood references to Sicily. the results of Ferrari's 3 case reports is proof that "otherness" transcends translation, because the stereotypes produced through the yank leisure are easily changed by means of different stereotypes in international markets. As American tv studios proceed to aim to extend gains through licensing their indicates in another country, Since whilst Is Fran Drescher Jewish? illuminates the numerous problems with identification raised through this ever-growing industry, besides the interesting messages that lie within the higher realm of audiovisual cultural alternate.

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Beyond pure aesthetic elements, however, one of the more practical legacies of neorealism for Italian cinema (in the 1950s and 1960s, and still present to this day) was the custom of post-synchronization, as opposed to direct sound recording. Post-synchronization, in fact, was also used systematically in Italian films featuring professional actors, so that its use was not justified by any particular formal, linguistic, or narrative reasons. 23 The improbable unified language used in the media was crystallized by another key event in Italian media history.

Indb 32 9/28/10 7:51:41 PM Indigenizing Texts 33 until after World War II that Italians freely began to feel and experience that idea of nation and national community—without imposition from the Fascist regime. Early television in Italy provided a feeling of national belonging by giving Italians the idea of a shared geography, cultural heritage, and means of expression. Linguistic unification, in fact, became a significant mission of television, since the medium now shared the “educational” role of cinema in spreading the national official language throughout the peninsula.

Indb 27 9/28/10 7:51:39 PM 28 Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? Soviet Union); and (5) all the languages spoken by immigrants (either coming from European countries, nonmember states of the Union, or non-European countries). The European Committee on Culture and Education proposed in 2004 a revision of the phrasing of some of the regulations concerning the European media sector, stressing the importance of linguistic as well as cultural diversity. ”3 In other words, the EU has found in multilingualism one of the key means to reestablish the “distinctive” traits of national, regional, and local communities, thus providing an alternative to the homogenizing threat of globalization.

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