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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
by Laura Samani
In this essay, Laura Samani addresses the rich symbolism of the theme of adolescence as it appears in her short film La santa che dorme. She describes adolescence as an internal war waged between the desire to grow up and the fear of leaving behind the securities of childhood. Samani analyzes her own adolescent experiences under the watchful eyes of the Church and adults, and the double natured friendship/rivalries as they resonate in the short film.
by Nicoletta Marini-Maio
The editorial describes the genesis and structure of g/s/i 3, 2016. The author contextualizes the theme of gender and language making reference to the Anglophone world and the romance languages. She briefly discusses the contemporary debate on gender and language in Italy, drawing examples from gender markers in job titles in the Italian public discourse. She emphasizes how the current issue of g/s/i goes beyond the heteronormative framework.
by Michela Baldo, Fabio Corbisiero, and Pietro Maturi – Guest Editors
The guest editors’ introduction to the themed section focuses, on the one hand, on the resources that languages can draw on in order to adapt the use of grammatical gender to account for more equal relationships between men and women, and on the other hand on the fact that the use of the so-called “neuter masculine” in political and everyday discourses and in languages such as Italian,
by Paola Bonifazio
A brief summary of essays included in g/s/i no. 3 Invited Perspectives.
by Michela Baldo
Michela Baldo introduces the theme of the AAIS 2016 roundtable, that is those discourses of gender and sexuality circulating in Italy oriented in a homophobic, transphobic, sexist and misogynist way, but also the ways in which language can become a tool to fight discrimination. The author subsequently introduces queer linguistics, a branch of linguistics that aims to challenge essentialist, hegemonic and naturalized notions of gender and sexuality, and that can be useful in unmasking the work of heteronormativity in the formation of public discourses.