Hardback - £81.00

Publication date:

12 October 2016

Length of book:

312 pages

Publisher

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

ISBN-13: 9781683930068

This book explores the work of a writer, Annie Chartres Vivanti (1866–1942), who
brought a transnational dimension to the marked provincialism of the Italian novel by
addressing issues of gender, ethnicity, and sexuality on personal and international
levels, and by creating work that distanced itself from much of the female-penned literature of
the day, scorning both decorum and social respectability. Chapters in this book examine
Vivanti’s output from multiple perspectives, taking into account her politics and her
career as a journalist, writer, and singer, as well as her literary work.
The academic rigor and the plurality of viewpoints of this edited collection serve well to offer scholarly readership a composite account of Vivanti’s polyhedric personality and writings. Firmly and stimulatingly engaging with the multiple cultural networks and contexts of Italy and beyond, this timely volume facilitates a full reappraisal of a key cultural figure of turn-the-century Italy.