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Mermaid Song: The Notebooks Of The Writing Woman, Gianna T. Ward-Vetrano 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Mermaid Song: The Notebooks Of The Writing Woman, Gianna T. Ward-Vetrano

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This thesis is built on the model of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, that is, it is a feminist project of holistic integration that does not reject fracturing, ambiguity, or contradiction, but aims to attain a more complex and thus truer portrait of the woman writing. Lessing’s notebooks examine conflicts between communism and capitalism, racial conflict in Africa, conflict between men and women, and the conflict between the protagonist Anna Wulf’s identity as a woman and her identity as a writer, each of which she then attempts to integrate into the singular golden notebook of the title ...


Lyrical Mysticism: The Writing And Reception Of Catherine Of Siena, Lisa Tagliaferri 2017 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Lyrical Mysticism: The Writing And Reception Of Catherine Of Siena, Lisa Tagliaferri

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Lyrical Mysticism: The Writing and Reception of Catherine of Siena (https://caterina.io) affirms the 14th-century mystic Catherine of Siena as a writer through contextualizing her texts among the corpus of contemporary Italian literature, and studying her reception in the Renaissance period of Italy and England. Joining an increasing body of recent meaningful scholarship that has been making significant progress to recover many overlooked and peripheral female voices of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, this work serves to fully assert Catherine as a writer of work that is literarily significant and worthy of textual analysis alongside contemporary male Italian ...


Contro I Margini: L'Amica Geniale Tra Dimensione Personale E Narrativa, Thera Dal Prà Iversen 2017 Dickinson College

Contro I Margini: L'Amica Geniale Tra Dimensione Personale E Narrativa, Thera Dal Prà Iversen

Student Honors Theses By Year

This thesis approaches Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet – which consists of the novels My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child – in two different modes. The first chapter concentrates on research that I undertook in Naples during the Winter Break of 2016-17. During that time I visited the areas that Ferrante writes about in the Quartet, and I annotated my bodily and emotional reactions to the Neapolitan environment, which, together with Italian feminist theory, helped me reflect how Naples impacts the main characters. This chapter ...


Dante’S Divine Comedy: A Pastoral Subversion, Katie Francom 2017 Brigham Young University

Dante’S Divine Comedy: A Pastoral Subversion, Katie Francom

Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism

This paper attempts to widen the scholarly understanding of Dante’s use of pastoral modes within The Divine Comedy. By examining typical pastoral themes, Dante’s use of Virgil as a guide, and the presence of pastoral themes within the Comedy, this paper will ultimately assert that Dante completely reshapes the pastoral genre, taking it from its typically pagan history and giving it new, Christian meaning. By so doing he makes his beautifully artistic story into an enlightening spiritual journey for the reader.


Strangely Dark, Unbearably Bright: From The Volto Santo To The Veronica And Beyond In The Divine Comedy, Alexa Sand 2017 Utah State University

Strangely Dark, Unbearably Bright: From The Volto Santo To The Veronica And Beyond In The Divine Comedy, Alexa Sand

Art and Design Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Lingua Di Carta, Lingua Di Carne: A Translated Interview With Amara Lakhous, Amara Lakhous, Simone Puleo, Fabiana Viglione 2016 University of Connecticut - Storrs

Lingua Di Carta, Lingua Di Carne: A Translated Interview With Amara Lakhous, Amara Lakhous, Simone Puleo, Fabiana Viglione

The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal

Novelist and professor Amara Lakhous lives in the United States, where he has begun his third life—a new phase after his Algerian beginnings and subsequent Italian “adoption,” as he says. After having completed a degree in philosophy from the University of Algiers, Lakhous immigrated to Italy as a political refugee. In Italy, Lakhous would earn a doctorate in anthropology from La Sapienza, Rome. These days, Amara Lakhous lives in New York City and has been a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut. He is often invited by prestigious universities in the United States to discuss social and political ...


Viewing The Foundations: Italian Institutions And Mafia Through Short Stories And Film, Xylina Marshall 2016 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Viewing The Foundations: Italian Institutions And Mafia Through Short Stories And Film, Xylina Marshall

University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects

No abstract provided.


Pinocchio: Traduttore, Traditore, Vincent A. Cerda 2016 Lake Forest College

Pinocchio: Traduttore, Traditore, Vincent A. Cerda

Senior Theses

This thesis is in Italian. This research examines Walt Disney and Carlo Collodi and their respective stories of Pinocchio through a historical and contextual perspective. A careful analysis of primary and secondary sources examines the backgrounds and personal beliefs of each author. After an examination of these sources, it becomes clear that Collodi wrote his story in order to establish a shared culture and unite a nation, and Disney made his film in a subtle way to express his Nazi convictions and earn money. Collodi's story and the Disney film are then directly compared in order to support these ...


The Dialectic Of Marguerite De Navarre, Patricia S. Coates 2016 Georgia Stae University

The Dialectic Of Marguerite De Navarre, Patricia S. Coates

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


Penelope’S Daughters, Barbara Dell`Abate-Çelebi 2016 Beykent University

Penelope’S Daughters, Barbara Dell`Abate-Çelebi

Zea E-Books

A feminist perspective of the myth of Penelope in Annie Leclerc’s Toi, Pénélope, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad and Silvana La Spina’s Penelope.

At the origin of Western literature stands Queen Penelope—faithfully waiting for her husband to come home: keeping house, holding on to the throne, keeping the suitors at arm’s length, preserving Odysseus’ place and memory, deserted for the pursuit of war and adventures, and bringing up a son alone, but always keeping the marriage intact. Yet recently the character of Penelope, long the archetype of abandoned, faithful, submissive, passive wife, has been reinterpreted by ...


La Letteratura In Gioco, Barbara Dell`Abate Çelebi 2016 Beykent University

La Letteratura In Gioco, Barbara Dell`Abate Çelebi

Zea E-Books

Un approccio ludico alla didattica della letteratura nella classe di lingua

In questo scritto si intende rivalutare l’impiego del testo letterario nell’insegnamento delle lingue straniere attraverso l’utilizzo di attività ludiche che permettano una piena ed attiva partecipazione del soggetto al processo glottodidattico. Il libro è diviso in due parti: una parte teorica (capitoli 1-2-3) e una parte operativa (capitoli 4-5). La parte teorica introduce il tema della didattica della letteratura da un punto di vista storico e metodologico. Nel primo capitolo si definisce il termine letteratura tracciando un breve quadro storico delle metodologie utilizzate da inizio secolo ...


Storie ‘Vere’ Ed Eroine Dei Romanzi. Rappresentare La Somalia In 'Ilaria Alpi. La Ragazza Che Voleva Raccontare L’Inferno' E 'Non Dirmi Che Hai Paura'., Simone Brioni 2016 SUNY Stony Brook

Storie ‘Vere’ Ed Eroine Dei Romanzi. Rappresentare La Somalia In 'Ilaria Alpi. La Ragazza Che Voleva Raccontare L’Inferno' E 'Non Dirmi Che Hai Paura'., Simone Brioni

Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Faculty Publications

This article analyses Gigliola Alvisi’s Ilaria Alpi: La ragazza che voleva raccontare l’inferno [Ilaria Alpi: The Young Woman Who Wanted to Narrate the Hell] (2014) and Giuseppe Catozzella’s Non dirmi che hai paura [Don’t Tell Me You Are Afraid] (2014), two novels that deal with two recent events in Somali and Italian history, the killing of the journalist Ilaria Alpi in Mogadishu in 1994 and the death of Samia Yosuf Omar while she was trying to reach the Italian shores from Libya by boat. Alvisi’s text is analysed in comparison with other fictional and journalistic ...


Matteo Garrone's Reality:The Big Brother Spectacle And Its Rupture, Anna Paparcone Bronner 2016 Bucknell University

Matteo Garrone's Reality:The Big Brother Spectacle And Its Rupture, Anna Paparcone Bronner

Faculty Journal Articles

In Garrone’s film, Reality, the protagonist Luciano Ciotola becomes obsessed with his participation in the reality TV show Big Brother to the point that his whole life turns into a spectacle. In Italian cinema studies no other scholar had yet analyzed this film, despite its success and the very engaging and up-to-date topic. In my article, at the diegetic level, I show that the spectator experiences an overlap and a (con)fusion between Luciano’s everyday reality and his life as a member of the reality TV show. However, keeping in mind Guy Debord’s seminal work The Society ...


Everyone’S Their Own Worst Critic Or How I Learned Not To Fear The End, Audrey Belle Rosenblith 2016 Bard College

Everyone’S Their Own Worst Critic Or How I Learned Not To Fear The End, Audrey Belle Rosenblith

Senior Projects Spring 2016

Jean Genet, author ofThe Balcony, and Dante Alighieri, author of Inferno, have more in common than you might think. For one thing, they were both obsessed with death.

The Vestibule (a devised theater piece) was made to examine this obsession with (and fear of) death further.

Art is a tool we can use to confront our fear of death. All people fear death.


Vita And The Waterboy, Viktor Toth 2016 Bard College

Vita And The Waterboy, Viktor Toth

Senior Projects Spring 2016

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


La Rappresentazione Delle Donne Nella Società Italiana In Tre Romanzi Di Elena Ferrante: L’Amica Geniale, Storia Del Nuovo Cognome, Storia Di Chi Fugge E Di Chi Resta., Sarah M. Stutman 2015 Trinity College

La Rappresentazione Delle Donne Nella Società Italiana In Tre Romanzi Di Elena Ferrante: L’Amica Geniale, Storia Del Nuovo Cognome, Storia Di Chi Fugge E Di Chi Resta., Sarah M. Stutman

Senior Theses and Projects

Questa tesi prende in analisi il ruolo della donna nella società italiana così come viene presentato negli ultimi romanzi di Elena Ferrante. Vorrei discutere le aspettative pubbliche e private e la realtà delle donne, in particolare vorrei esplorare come l’autrice presenta l’importanza dell’educazione, il ruolo delle donne nel mercato del lavoro, il corpo, la sessualità, la violenza, e il matrimonio nel periodo che va dall’infanzia all’età adulta seguendo l’evoluzione delle protagoniste femminili Lila e Elena.

I romanzi che analizzerò sono: L’Amica Geniale, Storia del nuovo cognome, e Storia di chi fugge e di ...


Auctor In Fabula: Umberto Eco And The Intentio Of Foucault's Pendulum, Douglas Stephens IV 2015 Liberty University

Auctor In Fabula: Umberto Eco And The Intentio Of Foucault's Pendulum, Douglas Stephens Iv

Senior Honors Theses

Umberto Eco’s 1988 novel Foucault’s Pendulum weaves together a wide range of philosophical and literary threads. Many of these threads find their other ends in Eco’s nonfiction works, which focus primarily on the question of interpretation and the source of meaning. The novel, which follows three distinctly overinterpretive characters as they descend into ruin, has been read by some as a retraction or parody of Eco’s own position. However, if Foucault’s Pendulum is indeed polemical, it must be taken as an argument against the mindset which Eco has termed the “hermetic”. Through an examination of ...


Speed And Convulsive Beauty: Trains And The Historic Avant-Garde, Marylaura Papalas 2015 East Carolina University

Speed And Convulsive Beauty: Trains And The Historic Avant-Garde, Marylaura Papalas

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The train, an invention and evocative symbol of the 19th century, somewhat ironically continued to fascinate avant-garde artists and writers of the 20th century, when faster and more exciting modes of transportation were in use. Locomotive imagery in Italian futurism and French surrealism, however, demonstrates a lasting fascination with speed, locomotive space, and their effect on perceptions of reality. Considering the work of more recent theorists like Paul Virilio, Michel Foucault, and various others who have contributed to the growing field of mobility studies, this paper aims to understand the persisting presence of the train as a symbol ...


The Obstacles To And Solutions Of Female Characters' Speech: Beatrice In Dante's Vita Nuova And Purgatorio And Susan In J. M. Coetzee's Foe, Tamara Savage 2015 Harvey Mudd College

The Obstacles To And Solutions Of Female Characters' Speech: Beatrice In Dante's Vita Nuova And Purgatorio And Susan In J. M. Coetzee's Foe, Tamara Savage

CMC Senior Theses

This thesis analyzes the speaking and silencing of two female characters, Beatrice from Dante’s Vita Nuova and Purgatorio and Susan from J. M. Coetzee’s Foe. The texts are viewed through postcolonial and feminist lenses to show the problems with male characters speaking for female characters and the obstacles the female characters face when attempting to speak. Dante’s solution to this problem is to transform Beatrice from a silent and demure woman into a character who issues commands with a powerful voice. Coetzee’s solution is instead to refuse to provide a solution, since no one but Susan ...


Gender, Narrative And Dissonance In The Modern Italian Novel, Silvia Valisa 2014 Florida State University

Gender, Narrative And Dissonance In The Modern Italian Novel, Silvia Valisa

Silvia Valisa

Combining close textual readings with a broad theoretical perspective, Gender, Narrative, and Dissonance in the Modern Italian Novel is a study of the ways in which gender shapes the principal characters and narratives of seven important Italian novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Alessandro Manzoni’s I promessi sposi (1827) to Elsa Morante’sAracoeli (1982).
Silvia Valisa’s innovative approach focuses on the tensions between the characters and the gender ideologies that surround them, and the ways in which this dissonance exposes the ideological and epistemological structures of the modern novel. A provocative account of the intersection ...


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