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Italian Fascism And The Female Body

Author : Gigliola Gori
language : en
Publisher: Routledge
Release Date : 2012-12-06

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This is the first text to examine women and sport in Italy during the period 1861-1945. To qualify and quantify the impact of fascism on Italian Women's sport, the author first of all examines the pre-fascist period in terms of female physical culture. The text then describes how during the fascist era, women moved strictly within a framework designed by medicine and eugenics, religious and traditional education. The country aspired to emancipation, as promised by the fascist revolution but emancipation was hard to advance under the fascist regime because of male hegemonic trends in the country. This book shows how the engagement of women in some sporting activity did promote and support some gender emancipation. The conclusion of the book demonstrates how, in the post-war period, women found it hard to advance further on, for a number of reasons.

The Crisis Woman

Author : Natasha V. Chang
language : en
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Release Date : 2015

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Using a rich assortment of scientific, medical, and popular literature, Natasha V. Chang's The Crisis-Woman examines the donna-crisi's position within the gendered body politics of fascist Italy.

Re Viewing Fascism

Author : Jacqueline Reich
language : en
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release Date : 2002-05-07

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When Benito Mussolini proclaimed that "Cinema is the strongest weapon," he was telling only half the story. In reality, very few feature films during the Fascist period can be labeled as propaganda. Re-viewing Fascism considers the many films that failed as "weapons" in creating cultural consensus and instead came to reflect the complexities and contradictions of Fascist culture. The volume also examines the connection between cinema of the Fascist period and neorealism—ties that many scholars previously had denied in an attempt to view Fascism as an unfortunate deviation in Italian history. The postwar directors Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, and Vittorio de Sica all had important roots in the Fascist era, as did the Venice Film Festival. While government censorship loomed over Italian filmmaking, it did not prevent frank depictions of sexuality and representations of men and women that challenged official gender policies. Re-viewing Fascism brings together scholars from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds as it offers an engaging and innovative look into Italian cinema, Fascist culture, and society.

Women Writers And Italian Fascism

Author : Carmen Marie Gomez
language : en
Release Date : 2013

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This dissertation brings into focus a vital body of women's writing about fascism in order to highlight the articulation of a literary discourse that undermines fascist depictions of femininity. I provide evidence of the emergence of a distinctly Italian approach to feminist creative and theoretical practices, founded in critical interpretations of sexual difference. I consider the work of three authors who have yet to be fully acknowledged in the Italian literary panorama: Paola Masino (1908-1989), Paola Drigo (1876-1938), and Milena Milani (1917-present). My analysis focuses on the stylistic, thematic, and structural elements that Masino, Drigo, and Milani employ to engage with and re-imagine normative fascist narratives of femininity and womanhood. The scope of the project is multi-faceted: I attempt to 1) recuperate these particular authors who have not yet been fully recognized by Italian literary scholarship; 2) highlight their critical engagement with and resistance to fascist constructions of woman; 3) recapitulate and illustrate through my analyses fascism's use of rhetorical strategies intended to streamline and contain femininity by way of patriarchal conceptualizations of gender and the `naturalization' of concepts meant to relegate women to a subservient role; 4) and finally, to suggest that feminist literary critics learn from the `Italian approach' found in the works of innovative theorists such as Adriana Cavarero and Teresa de Lauretis. These Italian scholars anticipated the `new' direction of the kind of feminist literary scholarship practiced by Rita Felski and others as a dialogical practice that creates positive aesthetic value through the highlighting of textual tensions, polyvalent forms, and constructive figures of resistance. The authors studied in this dissertation re-imagine traditionally female realms and identities with new and empowering energies. Masino, Drigo, and Milani not only utilize narrative strategies to disrupt patriarchal ideologies and gendered narrative identities but additionally create new figures that redirect women's representations. Milani's novel, La ragazza di nome Giulio, written in the early 1960s, provides a retrospective account of women's experience of Italian fascism, building upon the discourses of her predecessors, Masino and Drigo, in order to create a new female textual imaginary and a feminist narrative voice. Milani's novel provides a fractured yet compelling image of a female narrative self that illustrates simultaneously women's repression by and resistance to a limited patriarchal imaginary. Milani's novel constitutes a link between the cultural resistance by female writers such as Masino and Drigo to women's cultural and political oppression during the fascist era, the wartime and postwar letteratura partigiana and memorialistica resistenziale authored by women such as Ada Gobetti, and the narrative acts of resistance that would continue to shape women's narratives in the period of the elaboration of Italian feminist thought and practice in the 1970s.

Bodily Regimes

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language : en
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
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Unspeakable Women

Author : Robin Pickering-Iazzi
language : en
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY
Release Date : 1993

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A collection of stories by Italian women authors once widely read then lost to view in Italy under fascist rule during the 1920s and 30s

Freeing The Female Body

Author : Fan Hong
language : en
Publisher: Routledge
Release Date : 2013-01-11

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This collection records the bravery of these forgotten inspirational figures whose determination challenged and overcame convention, custom and prejudice to free women from the ranks of the sexualized, controlled and oppressed.