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Anna Banti and the (Im)possibility of Love

Fiorucci, Wissia (2010) Anna Banti and the (Im)possibility of Love. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 110 pp. ISBN 978-1-4438-2336-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This book looks into Banti's stance on Italian feminism, with a specific focus on her interpretation of the concept of 'equality' as well as of 'sexual difference'. An analysis of a novel, 'A Piercing Cry' (1981), and two short stories, 'The Women Are Dying' (1951) and 'Je vous ecris d'un pays lointain' (1971), explores the aforementioned issues. The book also deals to some extent with the most famous of Banti's works, the magnum opus 'Artemisia' (1947). Because 'A Piercing Cry' is a source of autobiographical elements, which therefore are particularly significant, the conclusions drawn from this novel are later applied to 'The Women Are Dying' and 'Je vous ecris d'un pays lointain'. Certainly, 'A Piercing Cry' expresses Banti's faith in difference as being that which can preserve woman's identity. By declaring 'I am a woman writer', she distances herself from a feminism of equality that, not without oscillations, she had supported throughout Artemisia. In so doing, she embraces a feminism of difference by adopting this concept herself. Drawing on these considerations, the book argues that in both 'The Women Are Dying', and in 'Je vous ecris d'un pays lointain', Banti intended to support a personally elaborated and ante-litteram 'feminism of difference'.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PQ Romance Literature > PQ4001 Italian Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Italian
Depositing User: Fiona Symes (previously Godfrey)
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 13:57 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 08:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44091 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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