By Wissia Fiorucci
This e-book appears into Banti's stance on Italian feminism, with a selected concentrate on her interpretation of the concept that of 'equality' in addition to of 'sexual difference'. An research of a unique, 'A Piercing Cry' (1981), and brief tales, 'The girls Are death' (1951) and 'Je vous ecris d'un can pay lointain' (1971), explores the aforementioned concerns. The booklet additionally offers to some degree with the main well-known of Banti's works, the magnum opus 'Artemisia' (1947). simply because 'A Piercing Cry' is a resource of autobiographical parts, which hence are quite major, the conclusions drawn from this novel are later utilized to 'The ladies Are loss of life' and 'Je vous ecris d'un can pay lointain'. definitely, 'A Piercing Cry' expresses Banti's religion in distinction as being that which may safeguard woman's id. by means of pointing out 'I am a girl writer', she distances herself from a feminism of equality that, no longer with out oscillations, she had supported all through Artemisia. In so doing, she embraces a feminism of distinction by way of adopting this idea herself. Drawing on those issues, the publication argues that during either 'The girls Are Dying', and in 'Je vous ecris d'un can pay lointain', Banti meant to help a individually elaborated and ante-litteram 'feminism of difference'.
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54 Through the practice of writing, Lucia (as well as Agnese) assumes another self, which is free from the “prison of marriage” (in which she is only “someone’s wife”) and also from “the prison of her origins” (in which Agnese– perhaps like Lucia–was a stranger in her own place). , 30. Ibid. , 31. 52 Ibid. two prisons: that of her origins and that of her marriage”. Grazia Livi, “Anna Banti. Il punto di vista di un’allieva”, in L'opera di Anna Banti, ed. Enza Biagini (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki, 1997), 137.
From men’s perspective, therefore, women’s research is a source of no interest, as it focuses on something that basically entails a regression to earlier stages of evolution. Consequently, the discovery of the “second memory”, seems to have caused the resurfacing of “a discrimination between the sexes”8 that had previously been obliterated, and that now grows stronger as humankind grounds it more than ever before on a biological difference. as near as the dawn”,9 is that women can no longer tolerate relationships of such unbalanced nature.
56 In A Piercing Cry, Banti eventually finds the courage to confess her regrets through Agnese, but this confession occurs many years after the death of her husband, who never knew the reasons for most of Banti’s professional choices. This is the reason why, as Magnolfi claims, “tutti i rapporti di coppia falliscono o producono sofferenza”57 in Banti’s works. There is no happy relationship in Banti’s fictional world, because her own life (and Agnese’s life) was the demonstration of how even the greatest love, “[l’] amore di un grande maestro”,58 may cause unhappiness.
Anna Banti and the the Impossibility of Love by Wissia Fiorucci