Memory and Representations of Fascism: Female Autobiographical Narratives

  • Elda Guerra

Abstract

Recent studies of the history of women in Fascist Italy have added a fresh complexity to the accustomed image of oppression. Since 1945, and especially during the 1970s, attention was focused on the masculinist ideology, on the legislative measures designed to expel women from teaching and administrative positions, and on the noisy demographic campaigns with their propaganda about women as ‘exemplary wives and mothers’.1 Such accounts did emphasise the most obvious matters, but new work, influenced by the debate about ‘consensus’ and by discussion of the meaning of modernisation in the 1930s, has widened perspectives.

Keywords

Stratification Hunt Arena Burial Defend 

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