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Allied EncountersThe Gendered Redemption of World War II Italy$
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Marisa Escolar

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823284504

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823284504.001.0001

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(p.153) Epilogue
Allied Encounters

Marisa Escolar

Fordham University Press

The epilogue suggests the possibility for a revision of redemption in reading Quel giorno trent’anni fa (1975; That Day Thirty Years Ago), an unknown diary by Neapolitan aristocrat Maria Luisa D’Aquino. The diary makes a proleptic rejoinder to Norman Lewis’s Naples ’44. Published in the same years and set in the Campana countryside, Quel giorno trent’anni fa is also a wartime conversion narrative that tracks the transformation of the narrator from her descent into hell as a newly widowed mother of five into a contemporary Dante. However, whereas Lewis constructs his diary with an eye to establishing his authority over the events, D’Aquino does so in order to inscribe herself within them, making herself a gendered, sexualized symbol for the Italian nation and the author of her own redemption.

Keywords:   Italy, Maria Luisa D’Aquino, Naples, Naples ’44, Norman Lewis, Quel giorno trent’anni fa, redemption, war diary, World War II

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