A History of Women's Writing in Italy offers a comprehensive historical account of writing by women in Italy. Covering writing from the Middle Ages to the present day, it moves away from narrow definitions of literature, and brings to the reader's attention other forms of expression such as letter writing, religious and devotional writing, scholarly and philosophical essays, travel writing, and journalism. Contributors point to the considerable practical, social and ideological difficulties faced by women in writing and presenting their work to a wider reading public, but also highlight the resourcefulness and determination of women through the centuries in making their voices heard. Extensive guides to further reading and a detailed guide to more than two hundred writers form an integral part of the volume. The international team of contributors have produced a striking work of scholarship and research, which will be invaluable for students and scholars alike.
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Author Biography - Letizia Panizza
Letizia Panizza is senior lecturer in Italian at Royal Holloway College, University of London. She is a contributor to The Cambridge History of Italian Literature (1996) on Italian humanists and on the fifteenth century. In Women's Studies she has published a critical edition of Arcangela Tarabotti's Che le donne siano della spezie degli uomini (Women are no less rational than men) (1994). She is also the translator and editor of Tarabotti's Paternal Tyranny (2000), and the editor of Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society (1999). She is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. Sharon Wood is reader in Italian at Strathclyde University. She has specialised in the study of modern and contemporary narrative, with particualr reference to women's writing. She is the author of Woman as Object: Language and Gender In the Work of Alberto Moravia (1990) and Italian Women's Writing 1860-1994 (1995). In 1993 she published a critical anthology of short stories called Italian Women Writers.