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Title: La guerra vissuta e narrata dalle Donne : representations of the female second world war experience from the rise of the 1970s women's movement to the present
Author: Lynch, Caroline Helen
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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Traditionally, women have been marginalized in historical accounts of the Second World War. As an area of critical analysis, female-authored texts which deal with the war experience have also largely been neglected. The lack of attention is not due to a scarcity of material. Literary, fictional, autobiographical and cinematic texts, detailing the female experience of the war began to appear in the immediate aftermath of the Liberation and have continued to be published with relative consistency ever since. The majority of the works, however, are not well-known and only a select few have been recognised in the canon of Italian literature. Utilizing the 1970s as a starting point, this thesis examines how the rise of second-wave feminism, the substantial developments made in the field of women's history and an increased interest in the Resistance brought about a rewriting of the history of World War Two from a female perspective. Each chapter provides a different lens through which to view women's experience of the conflict. The texts and media considered in detail are: EIsa Morante's 1974 La Storia (historical fiction); a selection of non-professional, private, autobiographical writings which are housed in the Archivio Diaristico N azionale in Pieve Santo Stefano; Laudomia Bonanni's 2003 La rappresaglia (testimonial fiction); Liliana Cavani's 1965 Le donne della Resistenza and Anna Gasco's 1995 La guerra alla guerra (documentary film); and Carla Capponi's 2000 Con cuore di donna (autobiography). Each chapter draws on theorists from within the Anglo-American academy, to explain both the relationship between the texts and their respective genres and their relation to the cultural and political parameters of their time. The thesis also illustrates how, within the context of women's lives during the Second World War, each text deals with and exposes the female condition in both pre- and post-war Italian society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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