Aleramo’s Una donna via Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

De Francisci, E. (2021) Aleramo’s Una donna via Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Forum Italicum, 55(3), pp. 741-757. (doi: 10.1177/00145858211046538)

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This article provides a detailed comparison of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879) and Sibilla Aleramo's novel Una donna (1906), focussing specifically on the similar endings of both works where the respective protagonist walks out on her family. It begins by examining the various contexts and collaborative networks that enabled the theatre of Ibsen to travel into late nineteenth-century Italy, namely Luigi Capuana's translation of the play, Casa di bambola, and early interpretations of the lead role by Italy's star actress, Eleonora Duse. The article proceeds to offer a close reading of Casa di bambola and Una donna, elucidating how Aleramo's first-person novel is able to expand on key issues which are only dealt with briefly in Ibsen's play. In so doing, the analysis illustrates what it was about Aleramo's narrative technique which both aligns her with, but also sets her apart from, her predecessor, shedding new light on the connective associations between the two authors.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:De Francisci, Dr Enza
Authors: De Francisci, E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Journal Name:Forum Italicum
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):2168-989X
Published Online:23 October 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Forum Italicum 55(3): 741-757
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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