Motherhood 2.0: Una Mamma Imperfetta and the Representation of ‘Imperfect Motherhood’ in New Media

  • Maria Elena D’Amelio
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


In this chapter, D’Amelio analyzes the Italian web series Una mamma imperfetta (Ivan Cotroneo 2013), which narrates the daily misadventures of Chiara and her three friends, urban middle-class mothers struggling to live up to the demanding standards of contemporary motherhood. D’Amelio’s analysis focuses on how Una mamma imperfetta addresses the discourse of hyper-maternity in Italian society, centering its critique on the deconstruction and parodic vision of the perfect mom through its opposite, the imperfect mother. Drawing on feminist media studies, cultural studies, and film and media history, the chapter seeks to explore how Una mamma imperfetta aims to challenge preconceived notions of traditional motherhood representation in the Italian media landscape, and why the series is only partial successful in negotiating the representation of new models of motherhood for both online and TV consumption.


Ivan Cotroneo Imperfect motherhood Hyper-maternity Web series 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Fellow, Center for International RelationsUniversity of the Republic of San MarinoMontegiardinoRepublic of San Marino

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