Violence and rape in the Italian fin-de-siècle: Gabriele D’Annunzio’s “La Vergine Orsola”

Michela Barisonzi

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This contribution discusses the representation of rape and violence against women in late 19th century Italian literature. In doing so, I focus on a short story, La Vergine Orsola,
initially written by Gabriele D’Annunzio in 1884 as part of a short story collection titled Il Libro delle Vergini, later re-published in 1902 in Le Novelle della Pescara. This contribution looks at how the idea of rape is used in this short story as a narrative escamotage to bring to the attention of the reader the question of female entitlement to sexual desire as part of a social critique that D’Annunzio brings forward in his fin-de-siècle novels and short stories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRewriting and Rereading the XIX and XX-Century Canons
Subtitle of host publicationOfferings for Annamaria Pagliaro
EditorsSamuele Grassi, Brian Zuccala
Place of PublicationItaly
PublisherFirenze University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9788855185974, 9788855185981
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameBiblioteca di Studi di Filologia Moderna
PublisherFirenze University Press

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