Journal of Romance Studies

In love with Cecchino: opening the door to violence in Dacia Maraini’s Colomba and Voci

Journal of Romance Studies (2005), 5, (2), 91–102.

Abstract

This article looks closely at themes explored in Dacia Maraini’s novels Voci (1994) and Colomba (2004), which signal a change in style for the author. Turning to the format of a detective novel, Maraini continues her condemnation of patriarchal violence against women. However, these victims do not fight back as earlier protagonists of her literature did: they are instead the products of a so-called post-feminist era, women who passively accept male dominance. This article examines how Dacia Maraini draws on the genres both of the fairy tale and of the detective story to explore the reasons behind the willingness of the female characters to remain victims when faced with male violence and sexual abuse.

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