Narrativizing women's experiences in late nineteenth-century Italy through domestic fiction

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Drawing upon the domestic fiction by Italian women writers of the late nineteenth-century, in this article I argue that we can use this as evidence of history as a cultural undertaking. Through a reading of a selection of popular novels and short stories intended for a female readership, I demonstrate how domestic fiction provides crucial textual evidence for us to rediscover and reinterpret the (hi)story of women's sentiments and experiences in late nineteenth-century Italy. In so doing, I align the role of the narrator with that of the historian to conceive of history as representation; that is, not as fictional, but as fictive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-501
Number of pages19
JournalRethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice
Issue number4
Early online date27 Oct 2010
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • realist fiction
  • representation
  • Hayden White
  • women
  • fictive history


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