Lost in The Art(ifice) of Male Language: Finding the Female Author in Paola Capriolo's Il doppio regno

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Lost in The Art(ifice) of Male Language: Finding the Female Author in Paola Capriolo's Il doppio regno

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Title: Lost in The Art(ifice) of Male Language: Finding the Female Author in Paola Capriolo's Il doppio regno
Author: Hipkins, Danielle
Citation: 101(1), pp.90-105
Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
Journal: The Modern Language Review
Date Issued: 2006-01
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/40673
Links: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mhra/mlr/2006/00000101/00000001/art00007
Abstract: With its self-conscious intertextuality and thirty-year-old female narrator, Capriolo's Il doppio regno invites interpretation as a form of `fictitious autobiography'. This reading emphasizes the novel's importance as an exploration of female authorial anxiety in relation to a predominantly male-authored canon. Focusing upon Capriolo's admiration for Gottfried Benn and his privileging of art as absolute, the article shows how women's alienation from language is dramatized through the depiction of a fantastic space. The protagonist's encounter with a labyrinthine hotel is also the author's encounter with a language that claims to speak for the universal subject, but in fact excludes the female.
Type: Article
Keywords: intertextualityCapriolo's Il doppio regnofictitious autobiographyfemale authorial anxietywomen's alienation from language
ISSN: 0026-7937


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