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Gender, Family and Sexuality : The Private Sphere in Italy, 1860-1945 - Perry Wilson

Gender, Family and Sexuality

The Private Sphere in Italy, 1860-1945

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This lively collection of essays presents a range of innovative research on the history of the private sphere in Liberal and Fascist Italy, with a particular focus on sexuality, gender and race all aspects which have received scarce attention in much of the existing historiography. It includes articles on foundlings and their mothers, the role of midwives, changing attitudes to sexuality, adultery trials, the Fascist persecution of homosexuals, debates about divorce and (going beyond Italy to its empire) the treatment of mixed race children and their mothers in Eritrea. Key themes of this collection include the contrasting attitudes of the Liberal and Fascist governments to the role of the state in the private sphere, the influence of the Church and the impact of new 'scientific' and medical approaches to maternity, sexuality and demography. B. ARMANI Researcher and Writer G. BARRERA Archivist, Direzione Generale per gli Archivi di Stato, Rome, Italy M. R. EBNER Researcher M. GIBSON Professor of History, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, USA A. GISSI Lecturer, University of Naples L'Orientale, Italy A. H. CAESAR Professor of Italian, University of Warwick, UK D. RIZZO Editorial Secretary of Quaderni Storici, Lecturer, University of Naples L'Orientale, Italy M. SEYMOUR Lecturer, Rome Campus of Trinity College, Connecticut, USA A. TAPANINEN Planning Officer, Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Finland B. P. F. WANROOIJ Lecturer, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and Syracuse University, New York, USA

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on the Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: Gender and the Private Sphere in Liberal and Fascist Italyp. 1
Marriage on Trial: Adultery in Nineteenth-Century Romep. 20
Till Death Do Them Part? The Church-State Struggle over Marriage and Divorce, 1860-1914p. 37
Motherhood through the Wheel: The Care of Foundlings in Late Nineteenth-Century Naplesp. 51
Family, Marriage and Inheritance Practices of a Jewish Elite in the Age of Emancipationp. 71
Labelling Women Deviant: Heterosexual Women, Prostitutes and Lesbians in Early Criminological Discoursep. 89
Women and the Public/Private Divide: The Salotto, Home and Theatre in Late Nineteenth-Century Italyp. 105
Between Tradition and Profession: Italian Midwives during the Fascist Periodp. 122
The Persecution of Homosexual Men under Fascismp. 139
Sex, Citizenship and the State: The Construction of the Public and Private Spheres in Colonial Eritreap. 157
The History of Sexuality in Italy (1860-1945)p. 173
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9781403920324
ISBN-10: 140392032X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 30th June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1