(Hi)stories of women's lives: imagining the past in Anna Banti's Artemisia, Maria Bellonci's Rinascimento privato, Susan Daitch's L.C., and Drusilla Modjeska's Poppy

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dc.contributor.advisor Luciano, Bernadette en
dc.contributor.advisor Hanne, Mike en
dc.contributor.author Scarparo, Susanna en
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-06T10:29:49Z en
dc.date.available 2007-07-06T10:29:49Z en
dc.date.issued 2000 en
dc.identifier THESIS 01-296 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Comparative Literature and Italian)--University of Auckland, 2000 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/671 en
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dc.description.abstract This dissertation analyses four novels that are fictional renditions of the lives of women from an historical past and combine elements of metafictional and self-reflexive styles. In the first chapter, I discuss Artemisia (by the Italian writer Anna Banti) in relation to other scholars' attempts at appropriating the painter Artemisia Gentileschi as a feminist icon. The second chapter, about Rinascimento Privato (by the Italian writer Maria Bellonci), focuses on the nature of Isabella d'Este's conditional power and her problematical portrayal in traditional historiography. In both these chapters, I explore the relationship between fictional recreation and historical interpretation, and reflect on the process and the implications involved in writing women's history through fiction. Chapter three examines L.C. (by the North American writer Susan Daitch). I point out how by surprising the reader with conflicting interpretations of what should have been the same story Daitch problematises the relationship between historiography and fiction as the novel makes significant theoretical connections between translation and representation. In chapter four, I analyse Poppy (by the Australian writer Drusilla Modjeska). I discuss how Modjeska's narrator reflects on the relationship between biography and feminist historiography, and turns the biography of her mother into a quest for the authority claimed in the name of factual evidence and the discovery of the unexpected pleasure and the enticing promises fiction offers. I show how the four authors at once claim and denounce authority as story-tellers by emphasising the fictionality of their stories and celebrating the power fiction gives them to invent themselves and their characters through writing. I further demonstrate how the four texts reflect on the concealment that the writing of history and biography have traditionally involved. en
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dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA9997843414002091 en
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dc.title (Hi)stories of women's lives: imagining the past in Anna Banti's Artemisia, Maria Bellonci's Rinascimento privato, Susan Daitch's L.C., and Drusilla Modjeska's Poppy en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Comparative Literature and Italian en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
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