Maternal Desire: Natalia Ginzburg's Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 234 pages
Yet little criticism concerns itself with the specific perspectives and voices of her narrating daughters and mothers, and the pre-oedipal narratives within the ideological boundaries of "family" and "society." Departing from much of the criticism that maintains that Ginzburg's writing is "genderless" (and from Ginzburg's own polemic against feminism), Picarazzi underscores Ginzburg's insistent return to the maternal and maintains that her stories are gender specific. She argues that Ginzburg adopted a distinct aesthetic by allowing her family stories to be narrated through a female narrating "I." This volume focuses on the broad theme of the maternal by tracing the development of the voices of Ginzburg's narrating daughters, mothers, and sisters.
 

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Contents

Maternal Paradigms and Strategies
16
Finding a Voice
34
Consent to Femininity
57
Narrating AutoBiographical Daughters
93
AutoBiographical and Matrophobic Daughters
137
The EpistolaryFragmented I
153
Discorso sulle donneDiscourse on Women
195
La condizione femminile from Vita immaginaria Opere The FeminineFemale Condition
200
Notes
206
Bibliography
220
Index
229
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About the author (2002)

Teresa L. Picarazzi has taught Italian language, literature, and cinema for over 20 years at a number of universities, including Dartmouth College, The University of Arizona, and Wesleyan University. She currently teaches Italian at The Hopkins School in New Haven. She has lived, studied, conducted research, and directed study-abroad programs in Florence, Siena, Urbino, Cortona, and Ravenna. She has two edited volumes and several articles in the area of contemporary Italian political theater and cultural studies. She is also the author of a feminist psychoanalytic book, entitled "Maternal Desire: Natalia Ginzburg's Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters," on one of Italy's foremost twentieth-century authors. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Giancarlo, their daughter Emilia, and their dog, Toby, during the school year and in Ravenna during the summer.

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