The notion of citizenship is part of a national collective memory and a memory of individuals belonging to a specific geographical, historical and cultural context. The volume seeks to investigate the importance of women’s relationship with citizenship and nationality from a diachronic perspective analysing different forms of writing in various European contexts. Many themes intersect in the different essays that comprise the volume, including the construction of female identity through religious ideology, the importance of translation and cultural studies as a source of feminine knowledge, and the relationship between public life and private domain within the multiculturalism of Europe. The intersection between national identity, women’s writings and cultural difference surfaces in many essays and demonstrates how the notion of a necessary translation between cultures has been central for women authors since the seventeenth century.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. VIII, 177 pp.
Contents: Patsy Stoneman/Angela Leighton: General Editors’ Preface – Annamaria Lamarra/Eleonora Federici: Introduction – June
Waudby: ‘Doth Religion Reside in a Woman’s Bonnet. Is her Silence Fixed by Decree?’ Locating the Early Work of Anne Vaughan
Locke – Andrew Monnickendam: Food and Patriotism: The Battle of Words between Hannah Glasse and Ann Cook – Kim Hyowon: Mapping
Women’s National Identity in George Eliot’s The Spanish Gypsy – Annamaria Lamarra: Jessie White Mario, Louise Colet
and the Italian Risorgimento – Anna Maria Palombi Cataldi: Nancy Cunard: ‘An Extraordinary Woman’ – Maureen Mulligan: History
Written in Flesh and Blood: Rebecca West, Martha Gellhorn and María Martínez Sierra – Patty Zupan: Artemisia’s Arte and the
Art of the Historical Novel: Anna Banti, Alexandra Lapierre and Susan Vreeland – Eleonora Federici: Translating Identity through
Women’s Voices: Michèle Roberts’s Fair Exchange and The Looking Glass – Gabriella Morisco: Contrasting Gardens
and Worlds: America and Europe in the Long Journey of Indigo, a Young Native American Girl – Oriana Palusci: ‘You Can Do
it’: Bending and Blending in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham.