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Queer Italia : Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film - G. Cestaro

Queer Italia

Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film

By: G. Cestaro (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th August 2004
ISBN: 9780312240264
Number Of Pages: 242

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Gary P. Cestaro's "Queer Italia" includes essays on Italian literature and film, medieval to modern, and attempts to define a queer tradition in Italian culture. Contributors explore the multiform dynamics of sexuality in Italian texts and aim not to promote the mistaken notion of a single homosexuality through history; rather, they upset and undo the equally misguided assumption of an omnipresent heterosexuality by uncovering the complexities of desire in texts from all periods. Somewhat paradoxically, a kind of queer canon results. These essays open a much-needed critical space in the Italian tradition wherein fixed definitions of sexual identity collapse. "Queer Italia" will be of interest to a wide audience of Italianists, medieval to modern, and queer cultural theorists.

'In conclusion, it is to be hoped that this book will circulate beyond scholars primarily interested in gender studies and Italian history because of its demonstration of just how fruitful queer criticism can be in contested areas of culture.' - Mary P. Wood, European History Quarterly

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introduction: Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Filmp. 1
The Dead Sea of Sodomy: Giordano da Pisa on Men Who Have Sex With Menp. 19
Bibbiena's Closet: Interpretation and the Sexual Culture of a Renaissance Papal Courtp. 35
Knots of Desire: Female Homoeroticism in Orlando furioso 25p. 55
ACTing UP in the Renaissance: The Case of Benvenuto Cellinip. 71
"Nature is a Mother Most Sweet": Homosexuality in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Italian Libertinismp. 83
Tra(ns)vesting Gender and Genre in Flaminio Scala's Il (finto) maritop. 105
Beauty and the Beast: Lesbians in Literature and Sexual Science from the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Centuriesp. 117
Desire and Disavowal in Liliana Cavani's "German Trilogy"p. 133
Adapting to Heterocentricity: The Film Versions of Umberto Saba's Ernesto and Giorgio Bassani's The Gold-Rimmed Spectaclesp. 153
Reluctantly Queer: In Search of the Homoerotic Novel in Twentieth-Century Italian Fictionp. 173
Secret Wounds: The Bodies of Fascism in Giorgio Bassani's Dietro la portap. 187
Transitive Gender and Queer Performance in the Novels of Mario Mieli and Vittorio Pescatorip. 207
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780312240264
ISBN-10: 0312240260
Series: Italian and Italian American Studies (Palgrave Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 13th August 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.98 x 13.77  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1