Of Rainbow and Granite: Androgynous Narrative in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Ali Smith’s How to Be Both

Giuseppe De Riso (Università di Napoli L'Orientale)

Abstract

L’articolo si propone di delineare un’analisi comparativa tra Orlando (1928) di Virginia Woolf e How to Be Both (2014) di Ali Smith. In particolare, si intende dimostrare come l’opera di Smith rielabori in modo creativo il romanzo di Woolf, andando così ad incarnare e ad esprimere con vividezza il concetto di ‘mente androgina’ teorizzato dalla stessa autrice. Ciò avviene attraverso la rimozione dei confini temporali tra passato e presente, l’ambiguità sessuale delle protagoniste e, soprattutto, attraverso un paradigma letterario capace di indagare la necessità di un’interazione reciproca tra autrici e lettori, e di un più ampio dialogo tra il testo letterario e le altre influenze artistiche e culturali con le quali instaura un imprescindibile rapporto dialettico.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-214

Parole chiave: androgyny, duplicity, mutual participation, reader’s engagement, reciprocity, sexual identity, visuality.

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