Italian Women Writers

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Women have had a long and active role in Italian letters. This reference work contains biographical, critical, and bibliographical profiles of 51 writers from the 14th century to the present day. The entries are written by contributors knowledgeable of the historical period in which their chosen writers lived, and reflect both the literary tradition that conditioned their works and the modern gender issues that have shaped contemporary critical interpretation.

For easy reference, the entries in this volume are organized alphabetically and have a uniform format. The first section of each entry is a biographical outline that places primary emphasis on the writer's career and her literary contributions. The second section analyzes recurrent themes, with special regard to the writer's major works. The third section surveys her critical fortune and includes a bibliography, which lists primary works, English translations, and critical studies of the writer. The writers included represent different periods in Italian cultural history and offer the greatest possible variety in women's literary experience.

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A reference that provides biographical, critical, and bibliographical profiles of 51 Italian women writers from the 14th century to the present. The entries are written by contributors knowledgeable about the period in which their chosen writers lived, and reflect the literary tradition that considered the works, as well as the modern gender issues inherent in contemporary criticism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313283475
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1994
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

RINALDINA RUSSELL is Professor of Romance Languages at Queens College, New York.

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Table of Contents

Vittoria Aganoor Pompilj 1
Sibilla Aleramo 9
Isabella Andreini 18
Tullia D'Aragona 26
Anna Banti 35
Laura Battiferri Ammannati 44
Luisa Bergalli 50
Caterina Da Siena 58
Laura Cereta 67
Fausta Cialente 76
Vittoria Colonna 85
Contessa Lara 95
Alba De Cespedes 104
Grazia Deledda 111
Cassandra Fedele 119
Moderata Fonte 128
Veronica Franco 138
Veronica Gambara 145
Natalia Ginzburg 154
Amalia Guglielminetti 163
Margherita Guidacci 171
Armanda Guiducci 179
Gina Lagorio 189
Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi 198
Gianna Manzini 207
Dacia Maraini 216
Faustina Maratti Zappi 226
Lucrezia Marinella 234
Chiara Matraini 243
Maria Messina 253
Elsa Morante 261
Olympia Morata 269
Isabella Di Morra 279
Neera 286
Ada Negri 295
Giulia Niccolai 302
Isotta Nogarola 313
Caterina Percoto 324
Antonia Pozzi 333
Antonia Pulci 344
Rosa Rosa 353
Amelia Rosselli 360
Suor Maria Clemente Ruoti 368
Diodata Saluzzo Roero 375
Matilde Serao 386
Maria Luisa Spaziani 395
Gaspara Stampa 404
Suor Arcangela Tarabotti 414
Laura Terracina 423
Lucrezia Tornabuoni 431
Annie Vivanti 441
Selected Bibliography 447
Index 453
About the Editor and Contributors 471
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