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Access Type

WSU Access

Date of Award

1-1-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

First Advisor

Elena Past

Abstract

ABSTRACT

MORAVIA E L'ESPERIENZA AUTOBIOGRAFICA : UNA CHIAVE ESSENZIALE PER DECODIFICARE I SOUI ROMANZI

By

JESSICA TOBY

May 2010

Advisor: Dr. Elena Past

Major: Italian

Degree: Master of Arts

This thesis takes a critical look at the physical and psychological experiences of Alberto Moravia as an adolescent and the integral role that they play in the development of his main literary characters. The key problem areas reside in decoding primary texts of the author alluding to psychological trauma in his childhood and analyzing the main protagonists of specific novels to reveal similarities between them and Moravia himself. The methods used in writing this thesis included examining primary texts, biographies, and theoretical works from a psycho-analytical perspective. In conclusion to this work, I have demonstrated that it is the responsibility of the critical reader to investigate an author's autobiography in order to reveal hidden meaning in the text and unmask the true identity of his main protagonists.