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The Ethics of Care in a Traditional Rural Society: Adopting a Soul-Child in Michela Murgia's Sardinian Novel Accabadora (2009)

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posted on 2023-11-07, 23:10 authored by Gregoria ManzinGregoria Manzin

Michela Murgia’s Accabadora focuses on the relationship between Bonaria and Maria, the female protagonists. Bonaria takes on Maria as a soul-child when the girl is six years old. The novel focuses on the theme of ‘the mother’ in its two symbolic manifestations embodied by Bonaria, elective (adoptive) mother and angel of mercy to the dying. While reading Bonaria as a new Mentor/Athena (Odyssey), I unravel the dynamics of this relationship with the help of Adriana Cavarero’s ethics of care.

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  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Mentoring through the Centuries: On The Dynamics of Personal and Professional Growth

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2024-07-13

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