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Goliarda Sapienza in Context

Intertextual Relationships with Italian and European Culture

Edited by Alberica Bazzoni; Emma Bond and Katrin Wehling-Giorgi - Contributions by Mariagiovanna Andrigo; Andrée Bella; Aureliana Di Rollo; Monica Farnetti; Laura Ferro; Emma Gobbato; Laura Fortini; M. Belén Hernández; Maria Morelli; Goffredo Polizzi; Charlotte Ross; Alberica Bazzoni; Emma Bond and Katrin Wehling-Giorgi

The present edited collection of essays on the Sicilian author Goliarda Sapienza includes contributions from established and emerging scholars working in the field of contemporary women’s writing. Essays in this volume examine Sapienza through multiple perspectives, taking into account the articulation of subjectivity through autobiographical writing and the complex representation of gender and sexual identities. Also considered here is Sapienza’s oblique position within the Italian literary canon, with contributions moving beyond isolated textual analyses whilst attempting to situate the author’s works within a framework of intertextual and contextual cultural references. Exploring the fertile network of explicit and implicit intersections with Italian and European literature (English and French in particular), as well as with Western philosophical thought in which Sapienza’s texts are embedded, this volume will provide an overdue contribution to the belated appraisal of an author whose due recognition is, in Cesare Garboli’s words, only a matter of time: “Time will work in favour of Goliarda Sapienza’s works. And this is not a wish; it is a certainty.” « less more »
University Press Copublishing Division / Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Pages: 262Size: 6 x 9
978-1-61147-916-4 • Hardback • June 2016 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-61147-917-1 • eBook • June 2016 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
Alberica Bazzoni is lector in Italian at the University of Oxford, UK.

Emma Bond is lecturer in Italian and comparative literature at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Katrin Wehling-Giorgi is lecturer in Italian at Durham University, UK.
Introduction, Alberica Bazzoni, Emma Bond and Katrin Wehling-Giorgi

Part I: Life, Writing and the Ethics of Subjectivity
1.Goliarda Sapienzas Permanent Autobiography
Mariagiovanna Andrigo
2.Reforging the Maternal Bond: Motherhood, Mother-Daughter Relationships and Female Relationality in Goliarda Sapienza's L’arte della gioia
Aureliana Di Rollo
3.A Backbone Held Together by Joy: The Transformative Power of Larte della gioia
André Bella
4.Nomadic Modesta
Monica Farnetti
5.Goliarda Sapienza: The Unknown Scriptwriter
Emma Gobbato
Part II: International Intertextuality
6.Goliarda Sapienzas French Connections
Charlotte Ross
7.A World without Men: Interaffectivity and the Function of Shame in the Prison Writings of Goliarda Sapienza and Joan Henry
Emma Bond
8.Orlando and Modesta: Two Voices for the Freedom of Women
Belen Hernandez
Part III: The Italian Context
9.Beyond the Canon: Goliarda Sapienza and Twentieth Century Italian Literary Tradition
Laura Fortini
10.Agency and History in Sapienza's L'arte della gioia and Morante's La Storia
Alberica Bazzoni
11.The Art of Change: Race and the Body in Goliarda Sapienzas Larte della gioia
Goffredo Polizzi
Part IV: Spaces of Recollection
12.Changing Recollections: Goliarda Sapienza and Fabrizia Ramondino Writing and Rewriting Childhood
Laura Ferro
13.Lacqua in gabbia: The Space of the (Female) Prison between Dystopia and Heterotopia in Memorie di una ladra and Luniversità di Rebibbia
Maria Morelli
14.‘“Ero separata da me”: Memory, Selfhood and Mother-Tongue in Goliarda Sapienza and Elena Ferrante
Katrin Wehling-Giorgi

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