Alexis Hogan- Journal 6

The author of the novel ‘Looking for Alibrandi is named Melina Marchetta. Born in 1965, she was the middle child of an Italian family who lived in Sydney, Australia. She attended a wealthy and prestigious Catholic school, however dropped out at 15 after not being confident in her academic ability. She had since gained a business and teaching degree, however now writes full time. The parallels between Marchetta and the character of Josephine Alibrandi are quite obvious, and are seen through the similar cultural and school life shared between the two. Like Marchetta, Josie attends a privileged Catholic girls and is of Italian descent, which are both large components of the novel. The author’s background influence would likely have influenced her to write the novel surrounding this character, as many of the cultural and school themes in the novel would likely only be known by someone who had experienced them. The character Josephine is shown to change her perspective on issues and mature as the novel progresses, which is likely similar to the author’s experiences of going through her teens. This book was likely written to show the author’s progressive views on the issues surrounding her culture.

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Chyka Steer- Journal 5

 


Josie


  • Strong and opinionated
  • Grew up without a father
  • has a strong cultural identity
  • Josie doesn’t want to have sex because what had happened to her mother and grandmother
  • Dislikes her grandmother
  • Wants to be accepted

Christina


  • Strong and opinionated
  • Grew up without a father that never liked her
  • has a strong cultural identity
  • she had Josie at a young age
  • she tries to please her mother
  • wants to be accepted

Katia


  • Strong and opinionated
  • Was in Australia without the guidance of her parents
  • Has a strong cultural identity
  • Christina was born because Katia cheated on her husband with Marcus Stanford
  • Katia often loses her temper with both Christina and Josie
  • Cares what other people think of her and her family and wants to by accepted by the Italian community

Eliza Fitzgerald – Journal 5

Josie

 

–          Grew up without a father

 

–          Feels out of place

 

–          Broke up with boyfriend

 

–          Accepts her flaws

Christina

 

–          Grew up with father who didn’t love her

 

–          Felt out of place in her family growing up

 

–          Not married

 

–          Wants to be accepted by mother

Katia

 

–          Married a man who didn’t love her

 

–          Felt out of place when she arrived in Australia

 

–          Had an affair on husband

 

–          Wants to be accepted by Italian community

Eliza Fitzgerald – Journal 4

Throughout the novel, it is clear to the readers that Nonna and Christina have very different views on many things, including single motherhood. When Christina announces that she is going on a date with Paul Presilio, Nonna becomes worried because of their traditional Italian culture. Nonna is always cautious of other Italians talking about her family. Nonna believes that not being married is impractical and silly, but Christina believes that times have changed and women are able to go out with men without being married to them. This creates chaos between the two women. Nonna is afraid of having a bad reputation for her family, as she believes people already disagree with the way Josie was raised without a father.

Christina Ferguson- Blog 5

Josie

 

Christina Katia
Is strong minded and opinionated.

 

Grew up without a father.

 

Wants to be accepted in society.

 

Loves others greatly.

 

Finds Italian Tradition annoying at times.

 

Hide’s her culture for fear of being discriminated.

Is strong minded and opinionated.

 

Grew up with a father that paid her no attention.

 

Doesn’t know that Marcus Sandford is her father.

 

Finds her mother’s opinion of her annoying.

 

Doesn’t care what others think of her.

Is strong minded and opinionated

 

Grew up with a man that didn’t love her.

 

Has a secret with Josie about Marcus Sandford being Christina’s father.

 

Follows Italian Tradition.

 

Is frightened of what others will think about her and her family.

Pascale Healy- Journal 5

Josie

 

Christina Katia
–          Strong and opinionated

–          Hides her culture

–          Has learnt from Christina and Katia’s mistakes (having children when they are young or having a child with another man, not showing your love to your family)

–          Feels like she doesn’t belong

–          Dislikes her grandmother

–          Wants to be accepted

–          Has secret with Nonna about Marcus Sandford

–          Strong and opinionated

–          Doesn’t want her life to be controlled by her mother

–          Cares for her daughter more than anything

–          Raised Josie by herself

–          Had Josie when she was young, Michael (Josie’s father) left Christina without knowing about Josie

–          Doesn’t know that her actual father is Marcus Sandford

 

–          Strong and opinionated

–          Worries about what people will think of her and her family

–          Proud about being Italian

–          Doesn’t think that she is treated with respect and kindness from Josie or Christina

–          Tells Josie and Christina what to do and what not to do

–          Has secret with Josie about Marcus Sandford

–          Keeps Italian traditions

Madeleine Fee – blog post 5

Josie

 

Christina Katia
–          Grew up without a father

–          Feels like she doesn’t belong

–          Close with mother

–          Feels pressured by her Italian culture

–          Knows she isn’t perfect

 

 

–          Grew up with ‘father’ who didn’t love her

–          Feels like she doesn’t belong to her mother

–          Isn’t close with mother

–          Not married

–          One child

–          Cares about  and wants to be close to her mother

–          Married a man who lied to her

–          Feels like she has disappointed her family

–          Left her parents to be with her husband

–          Had an affair

–          Tries to make herself and her family perfect