Dundee Programme

Here is the final programme for Friday’s workshop in Dundee. There are still a few places if anyone would like to attend; please contact the project administrator, Emily Ryder (lamammaitaliana@gmail.com) to register your interest.

La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype (AHRC-funded workshops)


The Maternal Role and Representations of Maternity in the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century


University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, Hawkhill, Dundee, Room 2S14.


Friday 4 May 2012. 9.30-17.00

Location of Dalhousie Building http://www.app.dundee.ac.uk/campusmap/campusmap.pdf. The Dalhousie is number 14 on this map.






Penny Morris (University of Glasgow)

Introductory remarks



Session One Chair: Perry Willson (University of Dundee)


Benedetta Gennaro (Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt/Main)

‘Mothers in/at war: the use of the maternal to normalize unruly behaviours in the Risorgimento’

Marjan Schwegman (Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies ) ‘From cruel women to angelic mothers. (Grand)motherhood in Italian folktales’

Break for tea/coffee

Session Two. Chair: Lesley Caldwell (University College London)

Kate Mitchell (University of Strathclyde)

‘Figlioismo’ in Verga’s Cavalleria Rusticana (1880) and Febo Mari’s Cenere (1916)

Erica Moretti (Brown University)

‘A nation of mama’s boys: The figure of the mother in the turn-of-the-century educational debate’


Session Three. Chair: Chiara Saraceno (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)

Perry Willson (University of Dundee)

‘Fascism, motherhood, and some thoughts on the patrilocal family’


Katrin Wehling-Giorgi (University of Warwick)

‘”Questa forza nera, ineluttabile”’: Carlo Emilio Gadda’s mothers’


Break for tea/coffee


Session Four. Chair: Kate Mitchell (University of Strathclyde)

Ursula Fanning (University College Dublin)

‘Sibilla Aleramo: representing the maternal – reflections and refractions’

Sharon Wood (University of Leicester)

‘The art of maternity: Annie Vivanti’s Devourers’

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