Wild woman: representations of female 'deviance' in modern and contemporary Italian fiction

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dc.contributor.advisor Ross, Silvia en
dc.contributor.author Buckley, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-24T11:52:26Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.date.submitted 2017
dc.identifier.citation Buckley, C. 2017. Wild woman: representations of female 'deviance' in modern and contemporary Italian fiction. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 329 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6187
dc.description.abstract This study analyses the cultural and literary representation of female characters labelled “deviant” in Italian fiction. From the cultural context of nineteenth-century Italy up to that of the present day, I consider the figures of the ugly woman, prostitute and female terrorist in selected texts by nine Italian writers in order to map the delineation of such characters over time. Pivotal to my argument is the recognition that such characters pose a challenge to conventional norms, resulting in the female figures being represented as subjugated others who are either placed in marginalised spaces or removed from the narrative through death. In Chapter 1, I interrogate the figure of the ugly woman within the framework of Gilbert and Gubar’s angel/monster dichotomy. Examining Ugo Iginio Tarchetti’s Fosca (1869), Gianna Manzini’s Tempo innamorato (1928) and Margaret Mazzantini’s Non ti muovere (2002), I explore the relationship between the male protagonists and female Other using Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection. Focusing my attention on the representation of the prostitute, Chapter 2 analyses the notions of the body and contamination in Alberto Moravia’s La romana (1947), Armanda Guiducci’s Due donne da buttare (1976) and Younis Tawfik’s La straniera (1999). Chapter 3 is centred on the relationship between transgression and gender in my examination of the portrayal of women terrorists in texts set during the anni di piombo. Employing feminist criminology and trauma theory, I explore the repercussions of militant life on the characters’ emotional selves and consider the effects of trauma on their relationship to place in Anna Laura Braghetti’s Il prigioniero (1998), Antonella Tavassa La Greca’s La guerra di Nora (2003) and Marco De Franchi’s La carne e il sangue (2008). en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2017, Claire Buckley. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Female deviance en
dc.subject Italian fiction en
dc.title Wild woman: representations of female 'deviance' in modern and contemporary Italian fiction en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Italian en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor s.ross@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Autumn 2017 en


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