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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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List of Contributors Beverly Ballaro received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Yale University. She has taught at Yale and at Cornell University where she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and is now an Assistant Professor. Her research interests include Italian woman writers, Italian cinema, and gay and lesbian literature. She has published articles on Anna Banti and Gianna Manzini. Chiara Bassi received her M.A. (1986) and Ph.D. (1988) from U.C.L.A. with a dissertation on Pasolini. She has taught at the University of Arizona, Dickinson College, and most recently at The Johns Hopkins University, where she received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. Patrizia Bettella is an Instructor of Italian at the University of Alberta, Canada and is a doctoral candidate at The Johns Hopkins University. She is working on a dissertation on the aesthetics of the ugly and the portrayal of the ugly woman in Italian literature. Stephen J. Campbell currently teaches at the University of Michigan and in 1994-5 held a research fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is working on studies of the patronage of the Roverella family of Ferrara and on the rise of mythological painting at the Italian courts. He has recently published a book on the Irish famine of the 1840s. Sandra Carletti is Assistant Professor of Italian at Middlebury College. She graduated from the University of Bologna in 1985 with a thesis on Tarchetti and the fantastic tale. She received an M.A. in Italian from The Johns Hopkins University and...

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