A Woman has ratings and 55 reviews. Chiara said: «Alfine mi riconquistavo, alfine accettavo nella mia anima il rude impegno di camminar sola, di lott. Sibilla Aleramo was married off to a man who worked in her father’s factory, Although classified as fiction, A Woman is more like a memoir. Sibilla Aleramo is the pseudonym of Rina Faccio, Italian author (14 August , Alessandria – 13 January , Rome). She was a feminist best known for her autobiographical depictions of life as a woman in late 19th century Italy.

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The nameless narrator passes from childhood sibillz an increasingly neglectful father and a suicidal mother rapidly going mad “”I had an active, carefree childhood”” through marriage at 15 to one of her father’s workmen who raped her ; later he will beat and torture her for an indiscreet flirtation. Sono passati anni dalla stesura di questo libro e i concetti di Sibilla sono ancora molto interessanti e molto attuali, direi. The Christian feminist movement produced many influential thinkers and activists.

Italian women were conditioned to eoman domesticity and motherhood; the emphasis on domestic life reinforced the concept of the angelo del focolareor angel of the house, the model that women were to emulate.

The last part—just three chapters—focuses squarely on the psychological forces that motivate the young woman to finally abandon the conjugal home and her son. In the wake of these defeats, Mazzini fled Italy. Aleramo’s lightly fictionalized memoir pres For a book that sent shock waves through the European literary establishment and, womann its original publication in has gone through seven editions along with highly acclaimed translations into all the principal languages of Europe, A Woman Una Donna by Sibilla Aleramo has remained curiously obscure in America.

The life of a woman in prewar Italy.

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Mazzini wasted no time in attempting to incorporate women in his plans for the new Italy. The first person narrative closely parallels the early life of Aleramo herselfwho was born Rina Pierangeli and later, as Sibilla, enjoyed a w, sometimes notorious career of literary work and literary lovers.

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This stereotype was promoted by sociologists such as Alfredo Niceforo and even reinforced perhaps unwittingly by novelists like Aleramo in their writings. The events described are pretty commonplace and apparently autobiographical. To avoid losing her mind, explains the letter, she must leave her husband, and by extension her children as well. I highly recommend it to male and female readers.

Aleramo was a pioneer for her time, but a significant player in the changing role of women in the 20th century in Italy. A malicious argument, because if all wives were to abandon their husbands made ill by human weakness it is plain to all how many hearths would remain deserted. The style is so fluent and relatively modern and it is only with the circumstances of the nameless main character that we are reminded of the times she is living in and her fight to have a life of her own.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. She found work and fulfillment writing for alerao, and raising a son. He soon took steps to dramatically expand male suffrage but ignored the question of voting rights for women, not because of any strong conviction but because of his political agenda. Commemorato in silenzio e solitudine.

Q l’autobiografia di una parte di vita di una donna italiana della borghesia italiana di inizio Novecento. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. If I try to live it again in my memory, rekindle it in my conscious mind, I always fail. Amazon B Stream millions of songs. There is also the style, very florid and overwrought.


The fear was that should women gain the vote, they would only boost the ranks of the opposition in this region. Aleramo says that she has lived three lives. A Woman Sibilla Aleramo Limited preview – Italian Literature and Its TimesNeera vividly describes the tedious life her heroine leads enslaved as womaan for her father and younger siblings.

After receiving a particularly savage beating at his hands, she attempts suicide by ingesting poison and is saved by a local doctor. So strict were the mills and factories in this regard that peasants had few qualms about sending their daughters away to work.

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A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo. State, Society, and National Unification. E’ un linguaggio semplice, quello della Aleramo, di donna che non ha studiato ma che osserva, riflette e vuole capire. Alermo fact, many early reviewers were as puzzled by the autobiographical question as Aleramo herself may have been.


Some of these items ship sooner than the others. Although still politically disenfranchised at this time, many female workers took part in these organizations. Aug 19, M. But in a few months he relents, allowing Sibilla to marry her rapist at the age of Refresh and try again. User Review – Flag as inappropriate This book is a must-read for anyone. Are you participating in the Women Unbound Challenge?

A month later Austrian forces repressed a republic that had been founded in Venice. View all 9 comments. Women, Italian Fascism, and Culture. Inwhile still involved with Cena, she met Cordula “Lina” Poletti at a women’s congress, and their one-year lesbian relationship was recounted in the novel Il passaggioa book in which Aleramo also famously returned on the story told in Una donna.