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Loss and the Other in the Visionary Work of Anna Maria Ortese

Vilma De Gasperin

Abstract

This book examines the œuvre of Anna Maria Ortese (1914–98) from her first literary writings in the 1930s to her great novels in the 1990s. It focuses on two interweaving core themes, loss and the Other, arguing that Ortese’s work begins with the shaping of the personal loss of an Other following death, separation, abandonment, coupled with melancholy for life’s transience, as is depicted in autobiographical stories and in Il porto di Toledo. The book then addresses Ortese’s literary engagement with social issues in her realist stories set in post-war Naples, primarily in her collection Il mar ... More

Keywords: Anna Maria Ortese, loss, the Other, genre, intertexuality, sources, critique of modernity, ethical, European literature, Naples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673810.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vilma De Gasperin, author
Senior Language Instructor, University of Oxford