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Women and Gender in Post-Unification Italy

Between Private and Public Spheres

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Katharine Mitchell and Helena Sanson

In nineteenth-century Italy, a woman’s place was considered to be in the domestic sphere, devoted to family life. But during the Risorgimento and the years following Unification, economic, political and social changes enabled women progressively to engage in pursuits that had previously been the exclusive domain of men. This book traces some of the steps of this shift in cultural perception. Covering the period from the Unification of Italy in 1861 to the First World War, the volume brings together new perspectives on women, culture and gender in ten original interdisciplinary chapters that explore a variety of subjects, including motherhood and spinsterhood, women’s relationship with the Italian language, emigration and brigantaggio, patriotism and travel writing, acting and theatre management, film-making, and political ideas and female solidarity.

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actors 154, 156–7, 158, 160, 161, 162, 165 (theatre), 187–8, 193 (cinema) actresses actress–directors 170 actress–managers 153, 167 age of 163–4 and decorum 167–70, 178–9 divas 189–91, 193 and itinerant companies 153–7 and social status 161–2, 178 and women writers 216–17 see also actors; audiences; cinema; opera; theatre Adriani, Elena 167 Aganoor, Vittoria 200 n. 6, 221 Agnesi, Maria Gaetana 57–8, 205 Alanza, Agnese 124 n. 43 Alberini, Filoteo 184 Aleramo, Sibilla 14, 17, 18, 90, 216, 221 and Una donna 32–6, 197–8 Alfieri, Vittorio 154, 162, 165, 169 Alonge, Roberto 169 Archer Brombert, Beth 140 Arslan, Antonia 98, 221 n. 80, 227 Ascoli, Graziadio Isaia 57 n. 46 audiences and cinema 177, 188 and theatre 153, 166, 169, 171 ‘autorizzazione maritale’ 5, 69, 178 Baccini, Ida 42, 43, 70, 221, 231 Bakunin, Mikhail 210 Baldacci, Luigi 29 Balzac, Honoré de 137 banditesse/brigantesse accounts of 113–14 and court testimonies 123–4 and femininity 114–15 and folk-tales 127–9, 130–1 and violence 111–12, 116, 121–4, 128–9 and uniforms 125–6 see also brigantaggio Banti, Alberto 8 Banti, Anna 25 n. 36 Baracchi, Nilde 179 Baraitser, Lisa 23 Bargoni, Angelo 207 Bassnett, Susan 159 Bazzi, Gaetano 162 Beauharnais, Eugène 162 Beccari, Gualberta Alaide 207 Beccaria, Cesare 138 Belgiojoso, Cristina di, princess 7, 208, 222 and life accounts 136–42 and the Orient (Zobeidah) 142–52 and socialism 137–8 Belgiojoso, Emilio...

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