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Gendered Contexts

New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies

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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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The Narrow Door: Luisa Muraro 7

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The Narrow Door Luisa Muraro Leaving women who speak my language and know me in order to meet women and men from a distant and unknown (or rather, poorly known) land is difficult. 1 Yet it is also a wonderful opportunity for the life of the mind. ...

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