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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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A Gendered Cosmos: Galileo, Mother Earth, and the "Sink of Uncleanliness": Dolora A. Wojciehowski 93


A Gendered Cosmos: Galileo, Mother Earth, and the "Sink of Uncleanliness" Dolora A. Wojciehowski Throughout the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), in which he attempts to prove the validity of the Copernican hypothesis, Galile...

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