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Disrupted Identities, Disrupted Realism : The Double in Anna Banti’s ‘Terrible Trilogy’

Fiorucci, Wissia (2015) Disrupted Identities, Disrupted Realism : The Double in Anna Banti’s ‘Terrible Trilogy’. Italian Studies, 70 (2). pp. 249-268. ISSN 0075-1634. E-ISSN 1748-6181. (doi:10.1179/0075163415Z.00000000098) (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

The experience of the split self is a recurrent theme in Anna Banti’s narratives — one that is usually rendered through the literary trope of the double. This is the case with her group of works known together as the trilogia terribile — comprised of narratives (Il bastardo, 1953; Allarme sul lago, 1954; and La monaca di Sciangai, 1957) that centre around notions of duality. The double, with its inherent penchant for the dual, the paradoxical, the co-existence of opposites, and with its essentially anti-hegemonic character, is intrinsic to magical realism, on a thematic but also on a formal level. By analysing the double in Banti’s trilogia terribile, I will ascertain its subversive function, thus exploring the notion that magical realism, in trying to challenge binary oppositions and thus dualistic conceptions of certain aspects of human life, induces a disruption of conventional ideas about identity.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1179/0075163415Z.00000000098
Uncontrolled keywords: Banti, Double, Identity, Magical Realism, realismo femminile, Neorealism
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 Jul 2015 09:46 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 09:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49222 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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