by Michela Baldo, Serena Bassi, Juliet Guzzetta, Cinzia Russi
This roundtable was organized by Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Editor of gender/sexuality/italy, and Michela Baldo at the American Association for Italian Studies annual convention in Baton Rouge (AAIS) in April 2016. The presenters covered such topics as language inclusivity, misogynistic and asymmetrical uses of language, heteronormativity and homophobia in language, gender asymmetry in historical linguistics, grammatical norms, and trasnlingual practices. A lively discussion among the roundtable presenters and audience followed.
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,
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.
Subverting Masculinity or Suppressing the Unmanly? Gender Alterity in Palazzeschi and Capuana’s Treatment of the Incorporeal Man
by Martina O’Leary
“Subverting Masculinity or Suppressing the Unmanly?” presents a critical examination and comparison of unreal corporeal depictions of masculinity in Palazzeschi’s Il codice di Perelà and Capuana’s ‘L’invisibile’. These works present strikingly similar protagonists, who themselves affirm the attribute of lightness to be their defining characteristic, and who are made of,
Il trucco. Sessualità e biopolitica nella fine di Berlusconi by Ida Dominijanni
by Nicoletta Marini-Maio
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,
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.