Mothers Daughters Dolls On Disgust In Elena Ferrante S La Figlia Oscura

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Abstract : This article suggests disgust as a framework for approaching the novels of contemporary Italian writer Elena Ferrante. More specifically, it proposes disgust as the operative trope of Ferrante's figurations of daughterhood, motherhood, and the (pregnant) female body. Ferrante's novel, La figlia oscura (2006) narrates the experiences of motherhood and femininity through its middle-aged protagonist's obsession with a young mother, her daughter, and the daughter's pregnant doll. Images of rotting fruit, insects, oozing wounds, dark gaping mouths, vomit, wombs, worms, snot, sweat, and slime permeate and enliven the text in key narrative moments which always revolve around the doll. Thus, the doll provides us with a case study for examining the workings of disgust in the novel. Read against the backdrop of Ferrante's own theoretical apparatus, la frantumaglia, and in the context of Western thought on disgust, La figlia oscura can be said to employ the disgusting to problematize motherhood and daughterhood as normative, transparent categories. The article argues that, ultimately, disgust in Ferrante's texts opens up space for transgression and liberation so that feminine identity becomes slippery and hence can be negotiated across the 'threshold of repugnance' that disgust establishes and maintains.

The Works Of Elena Ferrante

Author: Grace Russo Bullaro
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137575808
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This book is the first dedicated volume of academic analysis on the monumental work of Elena Ferrante, Italy's most well-known contemporary writer. The Works of Elena Ferrante: Reconfiguring the Margins brings together the most exciting and innovative research on Ferrante's treatment of the intricacies of women's lives, relationships, struggles, and dilemmas to explore feminist theory in literature; questions of gender in twentieth-century Italy; and the psychological and material elements of marriage, motherhood, and divorce. Including an interview from Ann Goldstein, this volume goes beyond "Ferrante fever" to reveal the complexity and richness of a remarkable oeuvre.

Transmissions Of Memory

Author: Patrizia Sambuco
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1683931440
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The volume is divided into three sections: cultural transmissions, fractured memories, and nostalgia, to individuate through cultural products—films, poetry, fiction, architectural buildings, autobiographical writing, and social media—the dynamics of memory within Italian culture from World War II to the contemporary times.

Representations Of Female Identity In Italy

Author: Silvia Giovanardi Byer
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443892726
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This volume explores a variety of iconic female characters in Italian literature, art and film who depict distinct representatives of female identity within this national culture. The contributors here apply various methodologies to characterize the evolution of women’s identity and their representation in such expressive modalities, drawing from literature, film, drama, history, the humanities, media and cultural studies. Cross-genre, cross-cultural, and cross-national explorations are also utilised here in order to underline the multifaceted ways in which de facto female characterization occurred.

Italian Literature Since 1900 In English Translation 1929 2016

Author: Robin Healey
Editor: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1487502923
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This annotated enumerative bibliography lists all English-language translations of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian literature.

Goliarda Sapienza In Context

Author: Alberica Bazzoni
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1611479177
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The present edited collection of essays on the Sicilian author Goliarda Sapienza includes contributions from established and emerging scholars working in the field of contemporary women’s writing. Essays in this volume examine Sapienza through multiple perspectives, taking into account the articulation of subjectivity through autobiographical writing and the complex representation of gender and sexual identities. Also considered here is Sapienza’s oblique position within the Italian literary canon, with contributions moving beyond isolated textual analyses whilst attempting to situate the author’s works within a framework of intertextual and contextual cultural references. Exploring the fertile network of explicit and implicit intersections with Italian and European literature (English and French in particular), as well as with Western philosophical thought in which Sapienza’s texts are embedded, this volume will provide an overdue contribution to the belated appraisal of an author whose due recognition is, in Cesare Garboli’s words, only a matter of time: “Time will work in favour of Goliarda Sapienza’s works. And this is not a wish; it is a certainty.”

The Encyclopedia Of The Novel

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Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111877907X
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Now available in a single volume paperback, this advanced reference resource for the novel and novel theory offers authoritative accounts of the history, terminology, and genre of the novel, in over 140 articles of 500-7,000 words. Entries explore the history and tradition of the novel in different areas of the world; formal elements of the novel (story, plot, character, narrator); technical aspects of the genre (such as realism, narrative structure and style); subgenres, including the bildungsroman and the graphic novel; theoretical problems, such as definitions of the novel; book history; and the novel's relationship to other arts and disciplines. The Encyclopedia is arranged in A-Z format and features entries from an international cast of over 140 scholars, overseen by an advisory board of 37 leading specialists in the field, making this the most authoritative reference resource available on the novel. This essential reference, now available in an easy-to-use, fully indexed single volume paperback, will be a vital addition to the libraries of literature students and scholars everywhere.

La Sorrentina Dramma Lirico In Quattro Atti Da Eseguire Nel Teatro Comunitativo Di Bologna La Sera Del 14 Novembre 1857 Founded On Adrienne Lecouvreur By A E Scribe

Author: Augustin Eugène SCRIBE
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