Representations and Oral Histories of Working Women in Post-World War Two Italy (1945-1965)

  • Flora Derounian

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


This thesis studies representations and oral histories of women’s work in post-World War Two Italy in films and interviews. It focuses its inquiry on three sectors: rice weeding, made-to-measure fashion, and religious work. The thesis is organised into three distinct sections on mondine, sarte, and religiose. Each section is divided into three parts, including a brief contextual introduction, a chapter on filmic representations, and another on oral histories. Drawing on theories of cultural and collective memory, this thesis asks how women’s work is remembered and why. The goal of this research is to assess how women’s work interacted with wider social and political currents between 1945 and 1965.
Date of Award23 Jan 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Bristol
SupervisorCatherine G O'Rawe (Supervisor) & Ruth S Glynn (Supervisor)

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