Vol. 4 (2015)
Studi e Saggi

— Missive dal limbo. Lettere inedite di Florence MacKnight al barone Bettino Ricasoli (1869)

Published 2015-12-22


  • autobiography,
  • Bettino Ricasoli,
  • Florence MacKnight,
  • Gender Studies


This article introduces a series of unpublished letters, held by the Archivio di Stato in Florence, written by Florence MacKnight to Baron Bettino Ricasoli and analyses how letter writing becomes a means of affirming feminine identity, by way of a different conception of maternity. The letters contribute to foregrounding Florence’s personality and biography and, furthermore, her relationship with the Florentine societal cultural context.


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