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100 1  Levy, Deena Ruth 
245 10 Writings of resistance: Women's autobiographical writings 
       of the Italian Resistance, 1943--2000 
300    182 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-
       04, Section: A, page: 1286 
500    Adviser: Elizabeth Leake 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
       - New Brunswick, 2010 
520    This dissertation explores the autobiographical writings 
       of three women who participated in the Italian Resistance 
       (1943-1945) during World War II, and whose narratives were
       written between 1943 and 2000. The narratives considered 
       in detail are: Ragazza partigiana (written in 1946 and 
       published in1974) and Bortolina. Storia di una donna 
       (1996) by Elsa Oliva, Diario partigiano (written between 
       1943-1945, revisited/revised from 1950 until its 
       publication in 1956) by Ada Gobetti, and Con cuore di 
       donna (2000) by Carla Capponi. I analyze the methods of 
       and motivations behind their varied methods of self-
       fashioning. In particular, I articulate how these women 
       fashion, create, and negotiate their own identity for 
       themselves and with respect and in response to a greater 
       national audience that has often misrepresented or not 
       represented their wartime experiences. Such a practice 
       then allows them to contribute to the construction of a 
       national identity and national memory in which their 
       individual experiences are accounted for 
520    In executing my analysis, I draw from numerous historical 
       sources (Bravo, Bruzzone, Saba, Alloisio, Beltrami, Pavone,
       Portelli) to contextualize the narratives, as it is 
       imperative to understand the socio-historic, and cultural 
       environment from which these narratives are generated. In 
       addition to socio-historic considerations, I also approach
       these texts, to varying degrees, through the use of 
       autobiographical (Bernstock, Friedman, Jelinek, Mason), 
       psychological (Gilligan), and sociological (Rowbotham, 
       Chodorow) theoretical material relating to women to 
       illuminate the ways in which these narratives conform with,
       differ from, or exemplify noted trends of women's self-
       representation and to help interpret the narrative choices
       made by the authors. I also avail myself briefly of 
       Italian feminist difference theory (Muraro and Cavarero). 
       My focus throughout, however, is always on the narratives 
       themselves 
520    I ultimately argue that these writings are both inspired 
       by Resistance participation and that for each writer, they
       are a form of continued resistance to gender based 
       societal assumptions and/or personal historical legacy. 
       That is, while it was their involvement in the Resistance 
       movement that is the basis for the production of these 
       narratives, each author uses her narration of these events
       to further resist easy or popular categorization of her 
       experiences 
590    School code: 0190 
650  4 Language, Modern 
650  4 Literature, Modern 
650  4 Literature, Romance 
650  4 History, European 
650  4 Women's Studies 
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710 2  Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New 
       Brunswick.|bGraduate School - New Brunswick 
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