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Gendered Contexts

New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies


Edited By Laura Benedetti, Julia Hairston and Julia L. Hairston

The application of feminist thought to the study of Italian culture is generating some of the most innovative work in the field today. This volume presents a range of essays which focus on the construction of gender in Italian literature as well as essays in feminist theory. The contributions reflect the current diversity of critical approaches available to those interrogating gender and offer interpretations of prose, poetry, theater, and the visual arts from Boccaccio, Michelangelo, and Galileo to contemporary Italian writers such as Carla Cerati and Dacia Maraini.


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Theory and Micropo1itical Practice in Italian Feminist Texts /tala T. C. Rutter Aspects of Nudity in the Decameron Tommasina Gabriele The Widow in Giovanni Boccaccio's Works: A Negative Exemplum or a Symbol of Positive Praxis? Eugenio L. Giusti The Traffic in Muses: Painting and Poetry in Ferrara around 1450 Stephen J. Campbell Post-Petrarchism and Language(s) of Desire Robert J. Rodini Choosing Battles? Women's War Poetry in Renaissance Italy Olivia E. Sears A Gendered Cosmos: Galileo, Mother Earth, and the "Sink of Uncleanliness" Do/ora A. Wojciehowski Transgressive Transvestism in Three Scala Scenarios Rosalind Kerr Utopia and the Body: Gender and Androgyny in Casanova's Icosameron Cynthia C. Craig Fosca: The Myth of the Ugly Woman J>atrizia llettella 1 7 19 31 39 49 69 79 93 109 121 133 Leading the Pedagogue by Hand: 143 Women and Education in Italo Svevo's Narrative Giuliana Minghelli "Gli ho sparato negli occhi": Gender Conflict and Homicide in 153 Alba de Cespedes's Dalla parte di lei and Natalia Ginzburg's E stato cosi Sandra Carletti Fathers and Daughters in the Camp: 165 The Night Porter by Liliana Cavani Chiara Bassi Making the Lesbian Body: 177 Writing and Desire in Dacia Maraini's Lettere a Marina Beverly Ballaro Italian Fathers and Eritrean Daughters: 189 Women without Nationality Graziella Parati In Search of the Mother's Lost Voice 201 Davida Gavioli Index 213 List of Contributors 219

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