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Collective Motherliness in Italy. Reception and Reformulation of Ellen Key’s feminist ideas in Sibilla Aleramo and Ada Negri (1905-1921)

Journal article
Authors Ulla Åkerström
Published in Bergen Language and Lingustics Studies
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 1-10
ISSN 1892-2449
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 1-10
Language en
Keywords Collective motherliness, Ellen Key, Sibilla Aleramo, Ada Negri, feminism
Subject categories Languages and Literature


This paper aims to explore how the Swedish writer Ellen Key’s ideas on collective motherliness and on the relationship between man and woman were received and reformulated in the articles, poetry and prose of Sibilla Aleramo and Ada Negri before and after the First World War. The ideas in Aleramo’s autobiographical novel Una donna (1906) were close to Key’s theories, but her autobiographical novel Il passaggio (1919) was quite different. Ada Negri’s idealistic view of motherhood, as expressed in her collection of poetry Maternità (1904), corresponded to parts of Key’s conception of motherhood, while Negri’s dream of single motherhood and the realisation of that ideal is emphasized in her autobiographical novel Stella mattutina (1921).

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