La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype

Perry Willson (Editor), Penelope Morris

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    Abstract

    The idea of the “mamma italiana” is one of the most widespread and recognizable stereotypes in perceptions of Italian national character both within and beyond Italy. This figure makes frequent appearances in jokes and other forms of popular culture, but it has also been seen as shaping the lived experience of modern-day Italians of both sexes, as well as influencing perceptions of Italy in the wider world. This interdisciplinary collection examines the invented tradition of mammismo but also contextualizes it by discussing other, often contrasting, ways in which the role of mothers, and the mother-son relationship, have been understood and represented in culture and society over the last century and a half, both in Italy and in its diaspora.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages248
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137542564
    ISBN (Print)9781137559869
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

    Publication series

    NameItalian and Italian American Studies
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

    Keywords

    • Italy
    • Motherhood
    • Stereotypes
    • Representation

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  • Research Output

    • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

    La Mamma: Italian Mothers Past and Present

    Morris, P. & Willson, P., 2018, La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype. Morris, P. & Willson, P. (eds.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-27 27 p. (Italian and Italian American Studies).

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    Willson, P. (Ed.), & Morris, P. (2018). La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype. (Italian and Italian American Studies). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54256-4