This paper analyzes Adua by Igiaba Scego, a female Somali-Italian writer, from the perspective of Gayatri Spivak’s examination of subaltern women’s voice. This paper devotes particular attention to the eponymous protagonist Adua’s monologue. First, the paper examines Scego and Spivak’s concept of subaltern women’s voice. Next, the study argues that the Somali woman Adua can be considered as a subaltern woman according to Spivak’s terms and that Adua’s monologue describes how she has been silenced by both patriarchy and neocolonialism. In addition, this paper explores the setting of Adua’s monologue in a contemporary piazza in Rome. Placing Adua’s monologue in a piazza with a colonial legacy reveals the indifference of contemporary Italy to its history of colonialism.
In doing so, this paper focuses on the subalternity of Adua, which has not been discussed in prior research. This paper further asserts that Adua, as a diasporic woman conscious of her past identity as a subaltern woman, creates a possibility for public discourse on the unheeded history.