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.
Book Review: Goliarda Sapienza in Context: Intertextual Relationships with Italian and European Culture by Alberica Bazzoni, Emma Bond, and Katrin Wehling-Giorgi (editors)
By Tommasina Gabriele
by Serena Bassi
Serena Bassi suggests that we rethink what the relationship between social change and evolution of language usage might look like. To offer a different perspective on the subject, she asks how a Translation Studies paradigm helps us reflect on the “gay rights” vocabularies that have appeared in various guises in Italy since the 1960s. In English.
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,
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.
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.
Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra: A Politically Incorrect Use of Neapolitan Identities and Queer Masculinities?
by Marcello Messina
Taking as a starting point John Champagne’s recent argument about the queer representations of Italian masculinity contained in Garrone’s Gomorra, this paper aims to connect the queer masculinity of the film’s characters with the negative judgement on their lives and actions suggested by the film. In particular, it will be argued that queerness is used alongside the Neapolitan-ness of the characters to portray them as Others,
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,