THE WRITING OF ANNA MARIA ORTESE, EXEMPLIFIED IN ONE STORY
In “The Submerged Continent” Ortese writes that “reason is only the emergent part … of the human intellect,” which leads her to want to “listen to the sad and yet gentle voice of dreams … dreams which come from outside, from the part of ourselves we have lost … [etc.]” (pp. 20-21).
These pages are in some ways a statement of poetics on Ortese’s part – an explanation of how and why she writes as she does. Ponder these pages and use them to understand the following story: “Winter Voyage.” Comment closely on Ortese’s style of writing in this story and the intellectual content it brings to life.
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