Women writers of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy reinvigorated the modern epistolary novel through their re-fashioning of the genre as a tool for examining women's roles and experiences. Addressing the Letter argues that many epistolary novels purposely tie narrative structure to thematic content, creating in the process powerful texts that reflect and challenge literary and socio-cultural norms.
Through the lens of the genre, Laura A. Salsini considers how the works of authors including the Marchesa Colombi, Sibilla Aleramo, Gianna Manzini, Natalia Ginzburg, and Oriana Fallaci highlight such issues as love, the loss of ideals, lack of communication and connection, and feminist ideology. She also analyses what may be the first woman-authored Italian example of epistolary fiction: Orintia Romagnuoli Sacrati's Lettere di Giulia Willet (1818). In their reworking of the epistolary narrative form, Italian women writers challenged dominant assumptions about female behaviours, roles, relationships, and sexuality in modern Italy.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Laura A. Salsini is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware.
Table of Contents
1. Love Letters
2. Literary Responses
3. Making Connections
4. Addressing Women
What People are Saying About This
'Addressing the Letter is a timely and original project. By analyzing and contextualizing the work of major nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian writers within the wider production of European epistolary fiction, Laura Salsini demonstrates the significant role played by this genre in Italian literature.'