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IMAGES (V) – Images of (Cultural) Values

The Conference Proceedings

Edited By Veronika Bernard

This collection of articles offers readers a cross-section of current research on contemporary and historical concepts and representations of (cultural) values as documented in popular culture, public space, the arts, works of literature and in ethnic contexts. The contributors to this volume are from the US, Algeria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Austria. Their very different cultural, ideological, scientific, academic and non-academic perspectives and backgrounds allow insights from many different viewpoints.
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Roberta Matkovic (Pula/Croatia)/Tanja Habrle (Pula/Croatia) - The Figure of the Mother

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Roberta Matkovic/Tanja Habrle

The Figure of the Mother

Abstract This article deals with the image of the mother as an integral and inseparable part of the Italian cultural picture. The reality of this finds its reflection in literature, which, by its very nature, offers arguments for further analysis. Works by Morante, Maraini and Sanvitale propose much which may lead to unexpected conclusions.

Dieser Artikel beschäftigt sich mit dem Bild der Mutter als einem integralen Anteil des Bildes von italienischer Kultur. Die Realität desselben findet ihren Niederschlag in der Literatur, die auf sehr spezielle Weise Argumente für eine weiterführende Analyse bietet. Die Arbeiten von Morante, Maraini und Sanvitale halten vieles bereit, das zu unerwarteten Rückschlüssen führen kann.

1 Introduction

In Italian culture the image of the mother is strictly defined. She is represented as someone of good will, ever present and always loving, and, if necessary, ready to die for her children. On the other hand, such a mother can be theatrical, overzealous, domineering and suffocating. Problems arise when this mother has no sense of limit, and thus destroys the life of her children, instead of providing warmth, security and the freedom to allow her children to make their own mistakes and experience life on their own.

This figure is present in literature as a fictional character or as a real person in autobiographical works. The most interesting instances...

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