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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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Aspects of Nudity in the Decameron: Tommasina Gabriele 31


Aspects of Nudity in the Decameron Tommasina Gabriele To undertake a discussion of nudity in Decameron is to provoke immedi- ately images of bawdy bedroom scenes and erotic enticement. 1 This is hardly surprising in view of the Decameron's reputat...

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