From art history to life writing: Anna Banti's feminist resonance

Ventrella, Francesco and Canziani, Cecilia (2023) From art history to life writing: Anna Banti's feminist resonance. In: Hecker, Sharon and Catherine, Ramsey-Portolano (eds.) Female Cultural Production in Modern Italy. Palgrave McMillan, pp. 83-101. ISBN 9783031148163

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This essay looks at Anna Banti’s writings on historical women artists as a feminist intervention in art history and historiography. Given the context of the feminization of professional art history in the interwar period, Banti emerges as a unique voice that crossed the boundary between scholarship and fiction. The essay pays particular attention to the role that female recognition plays within Banti’s novels, in the context of its immediate reception in the 1940s, and in relation to the feminist movement of the 1970s. By examining the way in which Banti narrated female recognition across time, the essay demonstrates how books like Artemisia (1947) have created spaces of resonance beside art history that have changed the canon of art history.

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Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Art History
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2023 09:48
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