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Bringing up the bodies: material encounters in Elsa Morante's La Storia

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This article addresses Elsa Morante’s La Storia (1974) in light of recent developments in critical and feminist theory surrounding the material environment and the body. It analyses the dynamics of material encounters in the novel from several perspectives: it views Rome as a ‘misanthropic city’ (Thrift 2008) and its bodies, human and otherwise, as fragile; it considers the specificity of female materialities as articulated in the novel; it discusses how discourses of race are articulated spatially; and it explores how the body itself becomes a canvas for the traumas wrought by ‘History’, as presented in the text. Ultimately, this reading suggests that Morante’s positioning and privileging of the materiality of minor subjects, her ‘bringing up the bodies’, questions received modes of engaging with the past.
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Original languageEnglish
JournalItalian Studies
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date28 Oct 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Oct 2020

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  • Elsa Morante, Materiality, History, Body, Urban space

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