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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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Fosca: The Myth of the Ugly Woman: Patrizia Bettella 133


Fosca: the Myth of the Ugly Woman Patrizia Bettella "Non trovando il bello ci abbranchiamo all'orrendo." Arrigo Boito Ever since the Middle Ages, philogynist and misogynist literature have co-existed and portrayed Woman as angelic creature and per...

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