Zia Elsa Finzi
She was my great grandmother's younger sister. She recalled that her father, Constantino Finzi, was the son of Guglielmo Finzi of Ferrara. Her mother was Emma Teglio, eldest of the thirteen children of Laudadio Teglio of Modena.
Constantino Finzi, Elsa's father
Emma Teglio, Elsa's mother
Laudadio Teglio, Elsa's grandfather
Carolina Teglio, his wife
Herself born at Genoa, Elsa was a rebel, feminist, acquaintance of the Pankhursts and Rosa Luxemburg, who refused to marry the father of her daughter Anna Rosa, one Saverio Canitano.
Anna Rosa Canitano Aragno, Elsa's daughter
During the war she fought with the partisans against the Fascists and the Germans. But she left her Jewish faith and became a Waldensian, an obscure Protestant sect founded in the Middle Ages. She lived at 11, Via Santa Maria alla Porta in Milan until her death.
I believe her relationship with her daughter was unhappy. Certainly she disliked children. At my grandfather's on his birthday she would stand up and cross the room to another chair whenever approached by his young daughter Magda, then aged two. At her funeral many former members of the resistance came. Her daughter Anna lived in London for a while, married to Riccardo Aragno, an intellectual I once heard taking part in a discussion on Radio 3. They had two daughters, Anna and Susanna, one of whom was a ballet dancer.
[Written from my notes originally taken in 1964]
Elsa Finzi, n. a Genova il 14.5.1891. Fu arrestata nella primavera del 1942 assieme a un gruppo di antifascisti, tra cui Ferruccio Parri. Accusata di "costituzione di associazione antifascista, appartenenza alla stessa e propaganda", e processata, il 24.11.1942 fu assolta. (Si veda, in questo stesso elenco biografico, Anna Rosa Canitano).
Anna Rosa Canitano n. a Como il 19.11.1920, attrice. Faceva parte di un gruppo di antifascisti, tra cui Ferruccio Parri, arrestati nella primavera del 1942. Deferita al Tribunale speciale con altri 10 imputati e processata, il 24.11.1942 venne assolta. (Si veda, in questo stesso elenco biografico, Elsa Finzi).
CULTURE: AWARDS - ANDREA GAREFFI WINS "OSSI DI SEPPIA"
Rome, 14 Sept. (Adnkronos) - The Italianist Andrea Gareffi, with his book "Montale. La casa dei doganieri" (Studium) has won the "Ossi di Seppia" 2000 prize for essays. This has been decided by the jury presided over by Anna Canitano Aragno, composed by Claudio Cattaneo, Vittorio Coletti, Franco Contorbia, Anna Dolfi and Luigi Surdich.
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 16 September, at 21 hours in Levanto (La Spezia). Inspiring the award for this author was his essay dedicated to the work of Eugenio Montale, Nobel Prize Winner, published in the spring of 1999 and the spring of 2000. Tomorrow, 17 September, still at the ex-Convento degli Agostiniani di Levanto, a study conference will be held on the subject, "Eugenio Montale, il senso religioso".
"Anna Aragno, PhD, a psychoanalytic psychologist in private practice in New York City, is affiliated with the Postgraduate Centre for Mental health and the Washington Square Institute. recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Dr Aragno was born in Italy and has also lived in England, France, Russia, and the United States and is fluent in five languages.
Dr Aragno is now working on her second book, Forms of Knowledge."
THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP: ECHOES THROUGH TIME AN OVERVIEW GERD H. FENCHEL, PH.D. . Few conferences or symposia have been devoted specifically to the mother-daughter relationship and its consequences. It is not clear why we avoid the topic. What is clear is that it is a unique and intense relationship that often determines the future development of the woman. Its specialness is characterized by the following features. (I) the mother remains the identification object for the girl, not the boy, (2) it is an intense and ambivalent relationship, (3) it is a relationship between same gender persons and (4) it requires fusion as well as separation for the proper developmental sequence to occur. Difficulties that arise along the way will have efiectson body image, self-esteem regulations, career choices and relationship to men. Early analysts, including Freud, believed that the growing daughter had to make a libidinal connection with their father, thus seeing the mother as an oedipal rival. This process is the reverse of the growing boy who perceives the father as an oedipal rival for the attentions of his mother. Freud observed that a girl's sexuality had a 'bit of masculinity' in her that had to be overcome to develop into a 'feminine' woman. Jones (1924) described female donunance in a variety of primitive cultures and interpreted this to the wish to moderate the father's hostility- a transition of the oedipus complex. Since that time, recent theorists (Blum, 1977) have expanded our views on female development. Kestenberg (1968) called attention to the different focus boys and girls have toward inner and outer worlds. Women are more preoccupied with 'inner space' than men who have been oriented toward the externial world early on. It was assumed that girls are mystified by their anatomy and that hidden inner genitalia evoke such orientation. Sophie Freud (1991), granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, reflected that the mother has a large narcissistic investment in her children, particularly her daughters. Thus they transmit female narcissism through the generations. It becomes an adaptive effort at controlling their environment inner and outer. Women's survival depends on loving and being loved which is displayed in their relationship to their daughters. Narcissistic involvements are ambivalent and can easily evolve into sadomasochistic relationships. Sophie Freud comments how often we observe cruelty and negativity in such relationships. This is a focus when we talk about the intimate mother-daughter dyad, In order to develop into a woman a daughter needs sufficient libidinal resources to identify with her female partner-overcoming the ambivalence in order to have the confidence to go out into the world and find her own man to be loved by him as she was loved by her mother and as her mother was loved by her father. Where the mixture of feelings go awry there are disturbances in self representations, conflict in gender identification, career problems and difficulties in intimate relationships with men. Our panelists will look at an intergenerational research study that observes the personality of young girls growing up and becoming mothers and their sense of mothering directed to their children. We shall also explore the motivations for women who need two men in their lives and the effects of sexual and other maternal abuse of a daughter - the famous poet Ann Sexton.
Table of Contents
THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP: ECHOES THROUGH TIME, An Overview Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D. . LOVE, ADMIRATION AND IDENTIFICATION: ON THE INTRICACIES OF MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS Anni Bergman, Ph.D. and Maria Fahey ... SOME THOUGHTS ON THE CREATION OF CHARACTER: Ava L. Siegler, Ph.D . ANNE SEXTON AND CHILD ABUSE Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed.D FEMALE KIN: FUNCTIONS OF THE META-IDENTIFICATION OF WOMANHOOD Judith B. Rosenberger, Ph.D PART II ADOLESCENCE
DIE SO THAT I MAY LIVE!: A PSYCHOANALYTIC ESSAY ON THE ADOLESCENT GIRL'S STRUGGLE TO DELIMIT HER IDENTY Anna Aragno
DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE REVISITED: AMBIVALENCE AND SEPARATION IN THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP Molly Walsh Donovanv, Ph.D. PART III MARRIAGE AND MATERNITY MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: DAYDREAMS AND MUTUALITY Diane Bart, M.S.W. THE EFFECT OF ROLE REVERSAL ON DELAYED MARRIAGE AND MATERNITY: Maira V. Bergmann, Ph.D. VANITY: OF MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS Joel S. Bernstein, Ph.D. THE MEDEA COMPLEX AND THE PARENTAL ALIENATION SYNDROME: WHEN MOTHERS DAMAGE THEIR DAUGHTERS' ABILITY TO LOVE A MAN Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D. THE IMPACT OF THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP ON WOMEN'S RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEN: THE TWO-MAN PHENOMENON Dale Mendell, Ph.D. PART IV CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS - THE TIE THAT BINDS: EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND THE PSYCHOTHERAPY OF WOMEN Ronald Katz, Ph.D. "WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HEAR ME?": SOME ASPECTS OF THE TRANSFERENCE AND COUNTERTRANSFERENCE WITHIN THE DYAD OF A YOUNG FEMALE THERAPIST AND AN OLDER FEMALE PATIENT Agnieszka Leznicka-Los, M.A. "AM I MY MOTHER'S KEEPER?": CERTAIN VICISSSITUDES CONCERNING ENVY IN THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER DYAD Marilyn B. Meyers, Ph.D. UNCONSIOUS CONFLICTS IN THE PREOEDIPAL MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP AS REVEALED THROUGH DREAMS: Jill C. Morris, Ph.D. TRANSFERENCE-CURE IN THE POSITIVE-OEDIPAL, MOTHER-DAUGHTER DIMENSIONS OF COUNTERTRANSFERENCE AND THERAPEUTIC REPAIR: Roberta Ann Shechter, Ph.D. PART V AGING PARENTS MINISTERING TO THE DYING MOTHER: REPARATIVE AND PSYCHODYNAMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FEMALE PATIENT Helen O. Adler, M.S.W.
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