Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Arrivederci Mama: love longs of a stolen daughter
by Sebastian, Angela, M.F.A., Iowa State University, 2011, 135; 1505911
Abstract (Summary)

Arrivederci Mama documents the troubled childhood of its narrator, and contextualizes it in the mosaic-styled stories of its women—the immigrant grandmother, the dying mother, and the narrator in various stages of life as struggling student and mother. This work finds its center in its economical prose, its acute studies of these people, and its structure. Its sequence of chapters shifts through time and place, juxtaposing a handful of imagined narratives of women relatives in Italy with stories of the narrator's own trials; contrasting the innocence of her friends' existences with her many early responsibilities and the cutting realizations of her own growing up.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pett, Stephen W.
Commitee: Henry, Madeleine, Roberts, David, Zimmerman, David
School: Iowa State University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, American literature, Creative writing
Keywords: Original writing
Publication Number: 1505911
ISBN: 978-1-267-15336-4
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