Touching on taboos : imagining and reconceptualizing motherhood in some post-'68 Italian women's autobiographical writings

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dc.contributor.author Fanning, Ursula
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-26T13:47:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-26T13:47:08Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation La Modernità Letteraria en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3050
dc.description.abstract This article holds that the theme of the maternal, and of motherhood itself, constitutes a taboo in women’s autobiographical writing of the most feminist period in Italy’s history, immediately after 1968. In the first part, the article underlines the fact that the voices heard in many of these texts are daughterly discourses, not motherly ones (and this is part of a tendency that extends beyond literature to the fields of sociology, history and psychoanalysis). It suggests, too, that the refusal to evoke the maternal in Italian women’s writing is a new phenomenon of the twentieth century, given that the figure of the mother is so important for Italian women writers through the nineteenth century (unlike the situation we find elsewhere in Europe and in the United States). It explains the inherent difficulties in representing the maternal within a feminist context (from a theoretical perspective). In the second section, the article focuses on two writers (Lalla Romano and Lidia Ravera) who confront this taboo of the maternal, investing it with a political dimension, presenting it as problematic and investigating it as a vehicle of self-investigation, of probing the Other within the self, of exploring a diffuse sense of identity. The article proposes, finally, that their work (along with the writings of Gina Lagorio and Clara Sereni) reveals a mode of ‘maternal thinking’, in the sense that this is defined by Sara Ruddick, and that they offer us a new metaphysics, in the manner elaborated by Adriana Cavarero. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.language.iso it en
dc.publisher Società italiana per lo studio della modernità letteraria en
dc.subject Motherhood en
dc.subject Maternal en
dc.subject.lcsh Motherhood in literature en
dc.subject.lcsh Autobiographical fiction, Italian--History and criticism en
dc.subject.lcsh Women authors, Italian--20th century en
dc.title Touching on taboos : imagining and reconceptualizing motherhood in some post-'68 Italian women's autobiographical writings en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 49 en
dc.identifier.endpage 58 en
dc.neeo.contributor Fanning|Ursula|aut| en
dc.description.admin 2nd email sent 18/7/2011 - AV 26/7/2011 en


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