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,
Gender Domination (and Submission) and the Current Issue of g/s/i- Journal Editorial
by Nicoletta Marini-Maio
The editorial of g/s/i 2 contextualizes the call for papers on gender domination. The author argues that gender is a battlefield for domination and submission and focuses on institutional and social discourses that attempt to reorganize gender power relations around the heteronormative framework. Drawing examples from the contemporary social scene and media discourse,
Invited Perspectives on Gender Domination-Invited Perspectives Editorial
by Paola Bonifazio
The Invited Perspectives Editorial introduces the articles of this section by contextualizing them to the topic of the themed section, “gender domination.” It also highlights the gaps in this section that meaningfully address unsolved issues in contemporary discourses of feminism and male/female domination.
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.
Desire and Resistance in Two Poems by Aldo Palazzeschi
by Kristin Szostek Chertoff
Although sexuality has become a common theme in studies of Aldo Palazzeschi’s work, criticism has not yet fully explored how some of his earliest poems interact with the prevailing cultural assumptions and attitudes circulating when they were written and first published. This study approaches two poems—“Habel Nassab” (1909) and “I fiori” (1913)—that portray a poet protagonist’s emotionally disturbing encounter with a man who dominates through femininity,
Contro il dominio del canone eterosessista. Una rilettura queer del personaggio di Turandot
by Marta Riccobono
This article proposes a re-reading of the literary character of Turandot through the perspective of gender studies and queer theory, with particular reference to the works of Judith Butler and Eve Sedgwick. The tragicomedy Turandot, brought to the stage by Carlo Gozzi in 1762, and the homonymous Puccinian melodrama, represented for the first time at the Scala in 1926,
Blue-Haired-Girl Mnemonic: Italian Sci-Fi Nirvana
by Roberta Tabanelli
This article analyzes the science fiction Italian film Nirvana (1997) directed by Oscar-winning Gabriele Salvatores. Specifically, Tabanelli proposes a gendered reading of the film focused on the character of Naima, a female hacker with blue hair and an implant in her forehead. The author claims that Nirvana’s closing scene, and in particular the last photogram, by re-configuring the characters’ roles in the story,
The Performance of (Dis)orientation; a queer reading of Pietro Marcello’s La bocca del lupo (2009)
by Oliver Brett
In this article, Oliver Brett focuses on the role of the “object” in Pietro Marcello’s docufiction film La bocca del lupo (2009). In a context where “difference” can be perceived as problematic particularly if shaped through a politics of “identity”— his analysis draws on a phenomenological framework in seeking to elucidate the “queer” features of this award winning film.
“Almeno non hai un nome da negra”: Race, Gender and National Belonging in Laila Wadia’s Amiche per la pelle
by Sole Anatrone
Four women, from four corners of the world, sit at the kitchen table in a cramped, run-down apartment in downtown Trieste, awaiting the arrival of a fifth woman, their Italian language teacher. This little group of students is the focus of Laila Wadia’s novel Amiche per la pelle.
“Il blog è mio e lo gestisco io:” Dominio di genere nel web italiano
by Ombretta Frau, Juliet Guzzetta
This article analyzes a form of online domination that can be identified as the verbal practice of gender domination centered on the body of those women that contribute, with their writings and their activism, to the life of the web, especially in those situations in which they attempt to build an intellectual and professional authority.