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Gender/sexuality/Italy 4 (2017) – Table of Contents

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.

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1. Girlhood Constructed: Portrayals of Childhood in Italian Renaissance Biographies

by Sienna Hopkins

This article explores the divergent representations of girlhood in female commemorative biographies from the early 16th century and the spiritually exemplary biographies of secular women in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. While the commemorative biographies of Battista Sforza, Bianca Maria Sforza and Irene di Spilimbergo follow the traditional tropes of childhood representation for the genre, they nonetheless embody a fuller representation and acceptance of girlhood than that of the later,

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2. The Oratorio Femminile: Young Women’s Socialization and Growth in Post-War Italy

by Daniela Cavallaro

The few academic studies which look at the development and goals of the Catholic youth centres known as oratori tend to privilege the oratorio maschile over its all-girl counterpart. This article aims to bring to light the experience of the oratorio femminile as an important moment of socialization and growth for girls, teenagers and young women in the post-World War II years. It first provides a brief introduction regarding the origins and development of the oratory in Italy.

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Figlia prodiga e storie

3. Scrivere dalla parte delle bambine: infanzia e adolescenza femminile nella narrativa di Alice Ceresa

by Viola Ardeni

L’articolo propone un’analisi dell’espressione e rappresentazione dell’infanzia femminile nei due romanzi della scrittrice italo-svizzera Alice Ceresa (1923-2003), La figlia prodiga del 1967 e Bambine del 1990, alle quali Ceresa dà un’originale impronta sperimentale oltre che femminista. Si mostra che l’attenzione all’infanzia femminile sia indicativa non solo di una costante contenutistica delle opere ceresiane, ma costituisca anche una scelta ideologica: una bambina in crescita è, per Ceresa,

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4. Rita Pavone’s Musicarelli: Rethinking Genre and (Young) Women’s Representation

by Stephanie Hotz

This essay examines Rita Pavone’s star image and musical films of the 1960s, including a close analysis of two of her most famous musicarelli, Rita la zanzara (Rita the Mosquito, 1966) and its sequel Non stuzzicate la zanzara (Don’t Sting the Mosquito, 1967). While studies on the postwar “woman’s film” have focused primarily on melodramas,

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5. Non è la Rai, or: On the Becoming-Girl of Late Capitalism

by Elisa Cuter

This paper focuses on Non è la Rai, a TV show aired on Silvio Berlusconi’s broadcasting channels between 1991 and 1994. Through the analysis of the program a connection emerges between three macro-phenomena: postmodern aesthetics; Berlusconism (as a specific and national embodiment of larger concepts like capitalism and neoliberalism) and the fundamental role of “girlhood” in the first two. In particular, it proves that the neoliberal strategy could not have been effective without an unprecedented increase in the importance of the symbolic category of girlhood in Italian society,

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Barbie Exhibition - Vittoriano, May 2016.

6. ‘Come fossi una bambola?’ Girlhood Studies and Memory in Italy

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.

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2. Contro il dominio del canone eterosessista. Una rilettura queer del personaggio di Turandot

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,

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3. Blue-Haired-Girl Mnemonic: Italian Sci-Fi Nirvana

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,

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9. Lo spazio pubblico si femminilizza, ma scompare il conflitto tra i sessi

Lo spazio pubblico si femminilizza, ma scompare il conflitto tra i sessi

by Lea Melandri

“Feminizing the public space” does not only mean highlighting women’s presence therein, but also realizing that “femininity,” as it has been traditionally defined, is strongly relevant today in the same space from which it was excluded for centuries. According to Melandri, in the last twenty years, some ambiguous figures have appeared in Italy: veline,

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