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 Paolo Frascà
This article explores Umberto Saba’s (1983-1957) only and unfinished novel, Ernesto (1975), from the perspective of sexuality and Queer studies, while also paying attention to the novel’s language and its autobiographical underpinnings. By examining aspects of the work that render it an important testimony of queer desire, this essay aims to shine a light on Ernesto as an important Italian literary text and on the text’s ability to reveal significant and timeless aspects of the human condition,
by Antonella Grassi
This article aims to explore the gay movement of Parma in the 1970s, to show its implicit, ante litteram consonance with the queer discourse. The ability to reinvent itself was the peculiar feature of the Parma group, always aware of the constant evolution of artistic forms: this made it a unique case in Italy, as well as a privileged point of view for studying the evolution of the national gay movement.
by Ellen Nerenberg
A brief summary of essays included in g/s/i no. 3 Open Perspectives
by Laura Zambelli
In this article I develop some reflections on my research on BDSM (bondage, domination and submission, sadism and masochism) in Italy. I comment the success of the book Fifty Shades paralleled by a tepid welcome received from the BDSM community of Milan, Italy. Empirical research on BDSM in Italy is, and was, not widespread; I briefly present the existing academic literature. Then, I reflect on the connections between BDSM and feminism both internationally and in the Italian context,
by Simone Fornara
Picture books are a genre of children’s literature with enormous educational potential. Their use in classrooms is currently spreading and should be further encouraged. Picture books are particularly suitable for the treatment of sensitive issues, such as those related to gender. For this reason, many educational projects are focused on reading picture books and aim at promoting them, in and outside of the classroom. But in reality, these projects have to face opposite points of view,
by Lisa Dolasinski
This article examines the precarious masculinity performed by Nader Sarhan, the male migrant protagonist featured in Claudio Giovannesi’s Alì ha gli occhi azzurri (2012). The theoretical framework draws on scholarship from postcolonial studies, film theory, queer theory, and gender studies. In particular, following recent work on representations of non-national male migrant film protagonists as “queer” and thus inassimilable to the national Italian body, the author contends that Nader’s desire for “white,” hegemonic masculinity (sexual and civic) ultimately results in his own undoing.
by Jessica Sciubba
This article explores the trajectories of moral and bodily abjection in Rhoda by Igiaba Scego. Drawing principally on Judith Butler’s theory of social abjection and on her critique of the heteronormative discourse, this article identifies the importance of the heteronormative imperative in the shaping of gender roles and points at the abject status acquired by those identities that do not conform to this norm. The complexity of Rhoda’s relationship with her body and with her sexuality represents a key point in the further developments of her abjectifying trajectory;
The Fifty Shades of (the) Grey (Zone), or, the Absent BDSM Essay in the g/s/i Issue on Domination. Open Contributions Editorial
by Ellen Nerenberg
“The Fifty Shades of the Gray Zone” explores the reception of E. L. James’ bestselling trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, and the reception of the print and film versions in Italy.
(Self)Representations of Motherhood in Ada Negri’s Stella mattutina
by Ioana Raluca Larco
This article focuses on the figure of the mother as represented in Ada Negri’s autobiographical novel Stella mattutina (1921); such an image transgresses the patriarchal model of the passive and self-sacrificial woman-mother, so predominant in the 1800’s and the first half of the following century. Through feminist lenses (i.e., Jessica Benjamin, Luisa Muraro), I discuss how Negri restores here the mother’s subjectivity by depicting her also as an individual,