Contesting Constraints: Amelia Pincherle Rosselli, Jewish Writer in Pre-Fascist Italy

Stanislao G. Pugliese


Amelia Pincherle Rosselli was a noted and award-winning playwright. Her work combined themes of social criticism, a condemnation of hypocrisy and a plea for gender equality. Her literary work features strong, independent and intelligent women, caught within the constraints of bourgeois society. As a non-practising Jew, Amelia implicitly criticized the patriarchy of traditional Judaism, and turned toward literature and nationalism as a secular religion. From Judaism she accepted the demand for social justice in the tradition of the Prophets, and ideal that she passed on to her sons who were active in the Italian anti-fascist resistance.

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