Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Cosetta Seno

Second Advisor

Suzanne Magnanini

Third Advisor

Tyler Lansford


Within the canon of Italian literature, there is but a small pool of research on the archetypical avant-garde movement of La Scapigliatura, especially in how this circle of unique circle of artists especially their authors and poets, depicted female characters within their works. In fact, there is a dominating view that the portrayal of women presented by the Scapigliati in their works is incredibly misogynistic in nature and was inspired by the “fear of women” that was commonly felt by male artists in the mid 1800’s. However, this undergraduate thesis attempts to uncover the true nature of the women within the Scapigliatura. For many, their tragic ends and grotesque appearances in life came to represent the rebellious nature of the Scapigliati within Post-Risorgimento Italian society, thus reclaiming the abject as their ideal woman and standard of beauty in bold contrast to the literary model of the Risorgimento and Alessandro Manzoni before them.