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Annie Chartres Vivanti: Transnational Politics, Identity, and Culture

Sharon Wood   University of Leicester

UnknownAnnie Chartres Vivanti (1866–1942), born in England to an Italian political refugee and his German wife, spending formative years also in Switzerland and the United States before finally settling in Italy with her Sinn Fein activist-husband, enjoyed an extraordinarily prolific and successful career as an author, playwright, journalist and singer. She spoke and wrote in different languages, negotiated multiple religious and political contexts and signalled her existential and cultural nomadism by using a variety of noms de plume: Annie Vivanti, Annie Vivanti Chartres, Anita Vivanti Chartres, Anita Chartres. Now largely forgotten, her work is in fact not only of considerable interest for the history of Italian literature and the performing arts but also deserves a significant place in contemporary debates on translation and bilingual issues involving authors working in Italy.

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