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EU BOOK CLUB - Italy: “A Woman” by Sibilla Aleramo

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Organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, Alliance Française, and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, the 2024 Italian EU Book Club session, moderated by Professor Michela Valmori, will delve into “A Woman” (“Una Donna”) by pioneering feminist writer Sibilla Aleramo.

This seminal work, akin to Virginia Woolf's position in the Anglo-American sphere, confronts and challenges traditional motherhood narratives. Aleramo's protagonist makes the groundbreaking decision to leave her child, a move that simultaneously disrupts expected maternal roles and offers a poignant critique of societal norms, aiming to liberate both mother and child from patriarchal constraints.

First published in 1906 and navigating through initial rejections to widespread acclaim, “Una Donna” has been translated into numerous languages, marking its global literary significance. The English version, translated by Rosalind Delmar, is accessible for readers interested in engaging with Aleramo's influential narrative.

Sibilla Aleramo, an iconic figure in Italian literary and feminist circles, used her writings to candidly portray women's experiences in 19th-century Italy, also aligning herself with anti-fascist movements. Her work remains a beacon of feminist thought and a testament to the enduring power of literature to challenge and inspire.

For registration and more details, visit the Alliance Française website.

Date & time: Saturday, June 15th | 2pm
Location: Upstart & Crow | 1387 Railspur Alley | Granville Island

Please RSVP here.

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