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Voracious Dolls and Competent Chefs

Voracious Dolls and Competent Chefs: Negotiating Femininities and Masculinities in Italian Food Advertisements of the 1990s-2010s

by Francesca Calamita

Food advertisements on Italian television and other media are populated by glamorous angels of the house, who look after their families by nourishing them with healthy food, or voracious dolls, whose appetite recalls sexual hunger. Similarly, men are depicted as breadwinners, thus reinforcing their stereotypical role in the collective imaginary,

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Il doppio fantastico in La doppia ora

Il doppio fantastico e la decostruzione del femminino in La doppia ora 

di Andrea Bini

L’articolo esplora il tema dell’inconscio e del fantastico nel film di Giuseppe Capotondi, La doppia ora (2009) allo scopo di riflettere sulla corrispondenza tra mascolinità, femminilità e forme narrative. In particolare, si mostra come il personaggio maschile, ossessionato da una mania di controllo della realtà, proietti la propria ansia di castrazione sulla femme fatale,

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Ricezione di Vincere

Virilità fascista e mascolinità berlusconiana nella ricezione di Vincere

di Valerio Coladonato

La ricezione del film Vincere (Marco Bellocchio, 2009) fornisce un utile banco di prova per osservare il modo in cui le figure di Silvio Berlusconi e Benito Mussolini sono state affiancate nel discorso pubblico in Italia. L’accoglienza critica e le reazioni della stampa al film mostrano come una certa concezione della mascolinità abbia contribuito a forgiare la connessione tra i due uomini politici.

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Forging the New man

Forging the New man: World War I Narratives for Children

by Marisa Giorgi

This article examines the role of children’s literature as a tool in Mussolini’s anthropological revolution. A discussion of the regime’s goals to fascistize children’s leisure-time literature and the conciliation between the state and the Catholic Church provides context for an analysis of the conversion scenes from Eros Belloni’s Guerra! Romanzo fascista per i giovani (1933) and Antonio Beltramelli’s La grande diana (1934).

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Italian Masculinity as Queer

Italian Masculinity as Queer: An Immoderate Proposal

by John Champagne

This essay investigates a particularly polemical claim: that, throughout much of Western history, Italian masculinity and male sexuality have been represented in the literary and fine arts as “queer” in the specific sense of deconstructing the binaries masculine/feminine and homosexual/heterosexual.  Briefly surveying some of the historical circumstances that have overdetermined Italian masculinity and male sexuality as queer, the essay then follows one theme—the status of Greek models of homoerotic relationships between men—through some of the extant historical and literary accounts,

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Against their Will

Against their Will: Deconstructing the Myth of the Heroic Rapist in Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso and Machiavelli’s La Mandragola

by Scott Nelson

There are no words that encapsulate the idea of the heroic rapist better than the ones used by Susan Brownmiller in her book Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape. She writes: “As man conquers the world, so too he conquers the female.” Throughout history no theme rules the masculine imagination more often and with less honor than the myth of the heroic rapist.

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An Unsolved Case

di Susanna Nicchiarelli

A woman film director’s reflection on her work with male actors. The piece begins with the author’s recollection of her strong emotional reaction to the trivialization of the female character impersonated by Sissy Spacek in JFK, that she saw in her adolescence. She explains how gendered motivations, rejection of stereotypes, personal emotions, and respect for the spectators have guided her in her two features with leading actresses and supporting actors.

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