Brolly 2020-05-03T14:40:40+00:00 Editor Open Journal Systems <p>Call for Papers - Vol. 3, No. 2 (August 2020)<br />Submission Deadline: July 25, 2020</p> When “Knowing How to Read Texts” Means Understanding and Inferring Meanings 2020-05-03T14:03:07+00:00 Antonella Nuzzaci <p>The essay aims to explore the nature of reading as a multidimensional and dynamic competence and to identify the teaching strategies necessary to put students to read successfully. His main purpose is to focus on relationships between text comprehension, skills and inferential processes and to examine the positive association between understanding reading, morphological awareness and construction of meanings, also in reference the ability to make inferences. The paper proposes a vision of reading comprehension as a dynamic process of decoding and linguistic understanding, which suggests how the relationship between decoding and linguistic understanding should be integrative rather than additional. The interconnection between the multiple linguistic-cognitive processes involved in reading implies the use of interpretative approaches belonging to different disciplinary areas. For this reason, this contribution goes precisely in the direction to look at the phenomenon of reading by combining the tools of linguistics, cognitive psychology and pedagogy, indispensable to reveal its features.</p> 2020-04-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 The Individual, Society and The Mask in the Paintings of Chaya Agur 2020-05-03T14:36:33+00:00 Bina Nir <p>The culture of consumer capitalism encourages authentic individualism on the one hand, but, on the other, also promotes the tendency towards conformity. “Identity”, has never been so “fashionable”. Consumer society allows us to change identities in an instant and, as a result, any identity we assume is subjected to a constant onslaught of scepticism and uncertainty. Consumerism puts at our disposal such a wide range of possible identities as the whole question of identity seem almost arbitrary. In this article, I will examine various examples of simulated identity, as expressed in the paintings of the contemporary artist Chaya Agur. The discussion on the role of the “mask”, as “persona” will be critical.</p> 2020-04-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Toward a Cartography of Domestic Violence 2020-05-03T14:38:23+00:00 Paddy Farr <p>The theory and praxis of domestic violence were developed by feminists firstly, to describe conditions of violence within the patriarchal family and, secondly, to prescribe a means for women’s liberation. However, although the theory and praxis of domestic violence are conceptualized through a feminist lens, the anti-violence movement has served to strengthen the carceral state. Intersectional and queer theorists have criticized the role of anti-violence in the carceral system and expanded the theory and praxis of domestic violence. As a means to grasp the insights of intersectional and queer theorists on the critique of state violence, the following paper develops Deleuze and Guattari’s schizoanalysis of the four regimes of violence. These regimes include ritualized violence and struggle, criminal violence, state violence, and war violence. Where ritualized, violence and struggle represent the foundational theory of domestic violence, criminal and state violence provide two sides of a bifurcated cooptation of feminist theory. In order to turn anti-violence against the state, war violence as linked to the war machine provides a schizoanalytic frame for anti-violence praxis.</p> 2020-04-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Representations of the Deviant Monstrous Mother in Contemporary American Poetry 2020-05-03T14:40:40+00:00 Najoua Stambouli <p>The paper aims to characterize the image of the unconventional mother in Western culture; in other words, the bad mother as it is coined and defined by discourses of maternal deviancy. The article provides illustrations of absent, single, and monstrous mothers in contemporary American poetry. It studies how female parents subvert traditional icons of motherhood, either through being an absent or a single mom, and spotlights how such representations correlate with portraits of monstrous mothers and victimized children as well. In this vein, basing on Diana Gustafson’s view that the mother could be absent emotionally as well as physically from her children, my study gives accounts of both physical and emotional maternal absence. While Anne Sexton’s “The Children” and “The Witch’s Life” and Sharon Olds’s “Satan Says” and “I go back to May 1937” describe the image of the absent monstrous mother, Olds’s “The Victims” and Plath’s “Three Women” deal with the figure of the single child-bearer who breaks away from the principles of the institution of motherhood, particularly the ideals of the traditional nuclear family.</p> 2020-04-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020