Unspeakable Women

Unspeakable Women

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Edited by Robin Pickering-Iazzi
Selected Short Stories by Italian Women During Fascism

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Paperback Edition
Publication Date: 11-01-1993

Translated with an Introduction and Afterword by Robin Pickering-Iazzi

From the cultural pages of important Italian newspapers of the period, Robin Pickering-Iazzi chose 16 stories unavailable for over 60 years, including three by Grazia Deledda, the 1926 Nobel Prize winner. All offer evidence of resistance to the self-sacrificing ideal of the “New Woman” of Fascism.

"This impassioning book is a perfect introduction to leading women writers of early twentieth-century Italy. Expertly presented by Pickering-Iazzi and luminously translated, their stories are at once disquieting and pleasurable. Probing the nature of desire and devotion, they veritably entreat the reader to know more about their authors, their other writing, and their lives and times under fascist rule." —Victoria de Grazia, author of How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1922-1945

"Robin Picering-Iazzi has done a unique service in translating these stories and providing as well a compelling historical and social frame from within which to read them. Iazzi describes graphically how 'standards' of style and theme, controlled by political or literary power groups, managed the disappearance of Italian women writers from the canon and from literary history." —Helen Barolini, author of Umbertina

"Pickering-Iazzi has expertly chosen to anthologize stories which exemplify narrative innovations by women. She educates us to a different kind of experimental writing. The women the anthology restores to us, its authors and their characters (from the early woman movie-goer, to the sturdy country mom, the delirious stenographer, and the first woman to descry sexual harassment even), are here to stay. Congratulations on this wonderful volume." —Keala Jewell, associate professor of Italian, Dartmouth College