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7. Il linguaggio femminile e maschile: uno scenario (stereotipico) in movimento

Il linguaggio femminile e maschile: uno scenario (stereotipico) in movimento

by Rita Fresu

Various studies have both demonstrated that differences in feminine and masculine language are part of a social construct strongly correlated to diastratic and diaphasic factors and revealed the existence of a consolidated set of expectations held by a community of speakers with regard to the linguistic behaviors attributed to gender. The shared  understanding of this strong social norm and expectation,

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8. Potere e autorità nei dizionari

Potere e autorità nei dizionari

by Eva Nossem

This paper aims at bringing together queer approaches and lexicography, i.e. a critical heteronormativity research within the field of theoretical lexicography and practical dictionary making. The analysis focuses on power and authority in dictionaries. Power and authority do not only influence the process of dictionary making but are also produced by the dictionaries themselves. The author supports these theoretical reflections with practical examples taken from existing dictionaries.

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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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