Corporeal Bonds: The Daughter-Mother Relationship in Twentieth-Century Italian Women’s Writing

By Patrizia Sambuco

© 2012

The mother-daughter relationship is a popular theme in contemporary Italian writing but has never before been analysed in a comprehensive book-length study. In Corporeal Bonds, Patrizia Sambuco analyses novels by authors such as Elsa Morante, Francesca Sanvitale, Mariateresa Di Lascia, and Elena Ferrante, each of which is narrated from the daughter’s point of view and depicts the daughter’s bond with the mother.

Highlighting the recurrent images throughout these works, Sambuco traces these back to alternative forms of communication between mother and daughter, as well as to the female body. Sambuco also explores the attempts of the daughter-narrators to define a female self that is outside the constrictions of patriarchal society. Through these investigations, Corporeal Bonds identifies a strong connection between the ideas of post-Lacanian critical theorists, Italian feminist thinkers, and the stories within the novels.

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  • Page Count: 256 pages
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In Corporeal Bonds, Patrizia Sambuco analyses novels by authors such as Elsa Morante, Francesca Sanvitale, Mariateresa Di Lascia, and Elena Ferrante, each of which is narrated from the daughter’s point of view and depicts the daughter’s bond with the mother.

Corporeal Bonds: The Daughter-Mother Relationship in Twentieth-Century Italian Women’s Writing

By Patrizia Sambuco

© 2012

The mother-daughter relationship is a popular theme in contemporary Italian writing but has never before been analysed in a comprehensive book-length study. In Corporeal Bonds, Patrizia Sambuco analyses novels by authors such as Elsa Morante, Francesca Sanvitale, Mariateresa Di Lascia, and Elena Ferrante, each of which is narrated from the daughter’s point of view and depicts the daughter’s bond with the mother.

Highlighting the recurrent images throughout these works, Sambuco traces these back to alternative forms of communication between mother and daughter, as well as to the female body. Sambuco also explores the attempts of the daughter-narrators to define a female self that is outside the constrictions of patriarchal society. Through these investigations, Corporeal Bonds identifies a strong connection between the ideas of post-Lacanian critical theorists, Italian feminist thinkers, and the stories within the novels.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    Corporeal Bonds makes a significant contribution to the field of women’s studies by positioning itself within a vibrant and longstanding debate on the importance of the mother in Italian feminist thought and in Italian women’s writing. Using a combination of literary analysis, psychoanalytic and feminist maternal theory, and comments by the authors, Patrizia Sambuco offers a reading of five well-known and important novels that re-evaluates and re-vindicates the importance of the mother, and in particular, a communication with her that is corporeal. Highly readable, easy to follow, and remarkably jargon free, her theorizations of corporeality within the framework of a daughter-mother bond will offer scholars much food for thought.’

    Tommasina Gabriele, Department of Italian Studies, Wheaton College
  • Author Information

    Patrizia Sambuco is a lecturer in Italian Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics at Monash University.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    1 Psychoanalytic Accounts of Sexual Difference: Luce Irigaray and Italian Feminism

    The Denial of the Mother

    The Mother Figure and the Maternal

    Irigaray: Subjectivity and the Mother-Daughter Corporeal Bond

    From Mothers to Daughters: The Italian Scene

    Diotima and Luisa Muraro

    Adriana Cavarero

    2 Elsa Morante’s Menzogna e sortilegio: The Incorporeal Bond

    Menzogna e sortilegio and the Critics

    Motherhood and the Mother-Daughter Relationship: Cesira and Anna

    Maternal Love: Rosaria and Alessandra

    Elisa

    3 Francesca Sanvitale’s Madre e figlia: Bodies of Pain and Imagination

    Body as Object of Desire

    The Male Hero

    Medical Establishment: The Attack on the Body

    Critique and Re-imagining

    Writing, Imagination, and Language

    Narrator, Character, and Author in Search of Identity

    4 Mariateresa Di Lascia’s Passaggio in ombra: The Maternal as Expression of Desire and Corporeality

    Desire

    Chiara

    The Daughter within the Heterosexual Economy

    Body and Knowledge

    5 Elena Ferrante’s L’amore molesto: The Renegotiation of the Mother’s Body

    Delia: The Love and Hatred of a Selfless Subject

    Reconstructing the Past

    The Language of Dresses

    6 Elena Stancanelli’s Benzina: The Surreal Mother-Daughter Relationship and New Possibilities

    Elena Stancanelli and the Literary Scene, 1995–2000

    Benzina 154

    Mother and Daughter: Different Bodies, Different Personalities

    A Relationship of Fusion and Independence

    Oppressed Bodies in the Family Home

    Looking, and Looking at Each Other

    Conclusion

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index

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