Natalia Ginzburg: Lessico famigliare and the ethics of the socially committed writer
Abstract:There is wide consensus that the early 1960s mark a turning point in Natalia Ginzburg's career as a writer. This article contends that Ginzburg is able to grow creatively because in Lessico famigliare she is able to assimilate the traumata endured in the Second World War. Through Lessico famigliare, an anomalous autobiography (in that it is a text from which the subject of narration is seemingly absent, or, rather, no more than an observer of friends and family whose lives she records), she succeeds in writing about herself in a non-sentimental way, a concern that characterizes the first half of her career. This allows Ginzburg to attain a higher level of self-understanding that permits her to identify with the characters that populate the plays and narratives of the second half of her career and dispassionately portray a wide array of personalities from their own perspectives.
Keywords: ANOMALOUS AUTOBIOGRAPHY; APPEARANCE ANXIETY; CATHARSIS AND ABREACTION; ELABORATION OF MOURNING; IDEALIZATION; IDENTIFICATION; IMPULSION TO REPEAT; LE PICCOLE VIRTÙ; LESSICO FAMIGLIARE; NATALIA GINZBURG; SUBSTITUTION
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2009
- Journal of Romance Studies promotes innovative critical work in the areas of linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, media, material culture, intellectual and cultural history, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, social sciences, and anthropology. The primary focus is on those parts of the world that speak, or have spoken, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, but work on other cultures may be included. Issues cross national and disciplinary boundaries in order to stimulate new ways of thinking about cultural history and practice.
Published in Association with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
- Editorial Board
- Information for Authors
- Submit a Paper
- Subscribe to this Title
- Information for Advertisers
- Terms & Conditions
- Aims and Scope
- Recommend to your Library
- Sample Copy Request
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites