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Gender/sexuality/Italy 4 (2017) – Table of Contents

Table of Contents – Gender/sexuality/Italy, 4 (2017)

Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Journal Editor
Paola Bonifazio and Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Themed Section and Invited Perspectives Editors
Ellen Nerenberg, Open Contributions and Continuing Discussions Editor
Clarissa Clò and Laura Di Bianco, Reviews Editors
Erica Moretti, Managing Editor
Amanda Bush, Thera Dal Prà Iversen, Delphine Dall’Agata, Brian DeGrazia, Victor Xavier Zarour Zarzar

Themed Section: Girl Cultures in Italy from Early Modern to Late Capitalism.

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Girl Cultures in Italy from Early Modern to Late Capitalism. Journal Editorial

by Paola Bonifazio, Nicoletta Marini-Maio, and Ellen Nerenberg

The editorial includes the Editors’ introductions to their respective areas: Paola Bonifazio and Nicoletta Marini-Maio discuss the Themed Section and the Invited Perspectives; Ellen Nerenberg presents the Open Contributions and the new section, Continuing Discussions, which hosts informed voices on themes developed in previous issues of g/s/i.

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1. Girlhood Constructed: Portrayals of Childhood in Italian Renaissance Biographies

by Sienna Hopkins

This article explores the divergent representations of girlhood in female commemorative biographies from the early 16th century and the spiritually exemplary biographies of secular women in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. While the commemorative biographies of Battista Sforza, Bianca Maria Sforza and Irene di Spilimbergo follow the traditional tropes of childhood representation for the genre, they nonetheless embody a fuller representation and acceptance of girlhood than that of the later,

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2. The Oratorio Femminile: Young Women’s Socialization and Growth in Post-War Italy

by Daniela Cavallaro

The few academic studies which look at the development and goals of the Catholic youth centres known as oratori tend to privilege the oratorio maschile over its all-girl counterpart. This article aims to bring to light the experience of the oratorio femminile as an important moment of socialization and growth for girls, teenagers and young women in the post-World War II years. It first provides a brief introduction regarding the origins and development of the oratory in Italy.

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3. Scrivere dalla parte delle bambine: infanzia e adolescenza femminile nella narrativa di Alice Ceresa

by Viola Ardeni

L’articolo propone un’analisi dell’espressione e rappresentazione dell’infanzia femminile nei due romanzi della scrittrice italo-svizzera Alice Ceresa (1923-2003), La figlia prodiga del 1967 e Bambine del 1990, alle quali Ceresa dà un’originale impronta sperimentale oltre che femminista. Si mostra che l’attenzione all’infanzia femminile sia indicativa non solo di una costante contenutistica delle opere ceresiane, ma costituisca anche una scelta ideologica: una bambina in crescita è, per Ceresa,

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4. Rita Pavone’s Musicarelli: Rethinking Genre and (Young) Women’s Representation

by Stephanie Hotz

This essay examines Rita Pavone’s star image and musical films of the 1960s, including a close analysis of two of her most famous musicarelli, Rita la zanzara (Rita the Mosquito, 1966) and its sequel Non stuzzicate la zanzara (Don’t Sting the Mosquito, 1967). While studies on the postwar “woman’s film” have focused primarily on melodramas,

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5. Non è la Rai, or: On the Becoming-Girl of Late Capitalism

by Elisa Cuter

This paper focuses on Non è la Rai, a TV show aired on Silvio Berlusconi’s broadcasting channels between 1991 and 1994. Through the analysis of the program a connection emerges between three macro-phenomena: postmodern aesthetics; Berlusconism (as a specific and national embodiment of larger concepts like capitalism and neoliberalism) and the fundamental role of “girlhood” in the first two. In particular, it proves that the neoliberal strategy could not have been effective without an unprecedented increase in the importance of the symbolic category of girlhood in Italian society,

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6. ‘Come fossi una bambola?’ Girlhood Studies and Memory in Italy

by Danielle Hipkins

This brief, reflective piece considers the function and nature of the memory of girlhood culture, and how that signifies in relation to narratives of the self, in the context of broader discursive constructions of girlhood.

Cover picture:  Barbie – The Icon Exhibition at Complesso del Vittoriano, May 2016. Courtesy of Danielle Hipkins.

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7. Girls and the Media: Girlhood Studies Agenda and Prospects in Italy

by Romana Andò

Within the Italian context, girlhood studies can hardly be considered a specific field: adolescence and gender construction in Italy have historically been investigated by sociology and psychology, although, in recent years, media studies have also focused on youth media consumption as a cultural process in the broader sense, investigating the relevance of the media in the identity-building process. Actually, the lack of a definition of girlhood studies as such did not prevent Italian research from providing theoretical contributions and significant research on girlhood,

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8. Le adolescenti che per caso ho raccontato nel mio Cinema

by Anne-Riita Ciccone

The filmmaker explains her interest in adolescence and discusses the topic and genesis of the
short Victims. She provides details on her feature I’M and on its young leading actress.

Click to watch the trailer.

The short Victims is available online on the Rai.it website. In Italian. Web. Accessed 27 July 2017.

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