Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Author Meet and Greet

Enjoy An Evening with Laura Benedetti, Ph.D.,
Chair of the Italian Department at Georgetown University
Dr. Benedetti will discuss her book, The Tigress in the Snow: Motherhood and Literature in Twentieth Century Italy.
The image of the "tigress in the snow," haunting and iconic, is the figure that frames Laura Benedetti's research on motherhood in Italy in the twentieth century. Benedetti derives it from Elsa Morante's La storia (1974) where one of the most memorable and tragic mothers of the twentieth century, Ida, is compared to a lonely tigress in the cold, who licks the snow to survive while biting off pieces of herself to feed her starving cubs. As Benedetti explains in the introduction, it is an image that merges "authority with self-immolation" and "effectively captures the risks and rewards of motherhood." Conceptually organized around this figure, The Tigress in the Snow provides a wealth of information and reflections on a very specific yet wide ranging topic and thoroughly engages with the question of what it means to be a mother, or to write about mothers, in Italy. -From a 2009 review by Silvia Valisa
Thursday, September 13, 2012
- 8:30pm
NIAF Building
1860 19th Street, NW - Washington, DC 20009

Gentlemen always welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

NOIAW Members: $5 ~ Non-Members, Friends, and Guests: $10
Undergraduate NOIAW members are complimentary with ID

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