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978-1-61147-881-5 • Hardback • December 2015 • $91.00 • (£70.00)
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Tommasina Gabriele is professor of Italian studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Introduction: Stretching the Critical Framework
Chapter I. Too Sweet for the Sweet: Backwards and Downwards in Il Treno per Helsinki
Chapter II. Acts of Reconstruction: Isolina, la donna tagliata a pezzi
Chapter III. The Metaphor of Arrested Maternity and the Reconstruction of Maternal Desire: From Donna in Guerra to La nave per Kobe
Chapter IV. The Child Protagonist: Crossing Genres in Dolce per sé and Storie di cani per una bambina
Chapter V. The Reconstruction of Cronaca Nera: Buio
Chapter VI. Postmodern Reconstructions: Individual and Collective Survival in Colomba
Gabriele performs an in-depth reading to determine the narrative strategies used to expose the forces and structures that mute voices and erase presences.... Drawing upon feminist and literary theory, and genre and memory studies, Gabriele’s timely monograph examines Maraini’s decades-long critique of the institutional and sociocultural victimization of women, children, and, just as important to the author’s opus and world-view, animals. Within this framework, it provides a compelling analysis of Maraini’s recurrent representation of the interplay between trauma, memory, and the self, issues that are increasingly an integral part of the Italian national discourse on rights.
— Modern Language Review
Tommasina Gabriele’s Dacia Maraini’s Narratives of Survival: (Re)Constructed is a valuable contribution expanding the scholarship on the works of one of the most engaging and prolific contemporary Italian female authors.... Gabriele’s clear and straightforward prose aptly interprets Maraini’s inclination to put the literary text at the service of critical social issues.... The “re-construction” that Gabriele looks at in her book indeed leads towards Maraini’s much coveted awareness by turning the past into a memorial process that fosters acknowledgment of meaning and truth. And this is perhaps the most novel aspect of this book, making it a challenging and timely contribution to the current debate about Maraini’s work among researchers and scholars. But it also makes it an appealing read for teachers and the general public interested in exploring the social, cultural, and political activism underscoring Maraini’s writing.