Cut and erase

In Frantumaglia, Ferrante makes a remark about an Italian expression, ‘tagliare i panni addosso’: to cut out the clothes, shaped on the body. Ferrante writes of seamstresses (her mother was a seamstress), women who cut ‘on the body’ garments that erase the woman. She says that as a child she thought such expression had some sort of evil meaning: ‘a malicious aggression, a violence that ruins the clothes and indecently exposes the wearer; or, even worse, a magic art capable of molding a body to the point of obscenity. Today,’ Ferrante continues, ‘The connection between cut, clothe, speak excites me.’ Life and form, flow and edit, text and cut.

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