Annali d'Italianistica

Articles from Vol. 16, Annual

Amore E Ginnastica
Uno dei fenomeni culturali piu curiosi, e forse meno noti, dell'Italia risorgimentale fu l'entusiasmo per la ginnastica. Lo stimolo al rinnovamento che dal Piemonte guido l'unificazione politica nazionale opero vistosi cambiamenti nel costume del secondo...
"Black" and "Jew": Race and the Resistance to Psychoanalysis in Italy
I. Resistance and Race Psychoanalysis, and in particular, the concept of the unconscious, have traditionally met with a certain resistance in Italian culture. Although Freud's work was embraced by Jewish intellectuals in Trieste before the war,...
Books at Banquet: Commodities, Canon, and Culture in Giulio Cesare Croce's Convito Universale
For Gregory Lucente, in memoriam. As David Forgacs and Robert Lumley note in the introduction to their recent collection of essays on cultural studies, the term cultura in Italy has strong associations with education and literacy, and more generally...
Brunelleschi E Il Grasso
Malgrado i tanti, preziosi e talvolta geniali contributi sull'argomento (1), non abbiamo forse ancora finito di meditare sul senso e sulle conseguenze della straordinaria avventura intellettuale rappresentata dalla scoperta della prospettiva. "Oh...
Cinema, Spectacle, and the Unmaking of Sadomasochist Aesthetics
Kinder, heut' abend, da such ich mir was aus Einen Mann, einen richtigen Mann Kinder, die Jungs hang mir schon zum Hals heraus Einen Mann, einen richtigen Mann. (1) (Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel) How could Nazism ... have become everywhere...
Consuming Ideologies: Fascism, Commodification, and Female Subjectivity in Mario Camerini's Grandi Magazzini
Introduction Italy in the 1930s was a society in the throes of rapid transformation. On the political front, the Fascist regime attempted to further solidify its domestic and international power with continued imperialist and expansionist enterprises....
De-Monsterizing the Myth of the Terrorist Woman: Faranda, Braghetti, and Mambro
This single-minded, fanatically inhuman hostility or contempt for the victim's humanity ... is typical of the pitiless attitude many women terrorists are capable of assuming. It is one that men find curiously hard to match. H. H. A. Cooper, "Woman...
Dido's Turn: Cultural Syntax in Ungaretti's la Terra Promessa
Virgilio ci accompagna non piu come un emblema ma come uno dei fatti della nostra vita. (1) Let me begin by evoking the tantalizing though possibly false etymological connection between "Fascism" and "fascination." From the Latin fascis (bundle,...
Forward
In contrast to cultural studies as practiced in Great Britain and the United States, Italian cultural studies, it is fair to say, is still in its infancy. What progress cultural studies has made in establishing itself as a field of study in its own...
Il Soggetto E la Storia: Biografia E Autobiografia in L. A. Muratori. Atti Della II Giornata Di Studi Muratoriani (Vignola, 23 Ottobre 1993)
Il soggetto e la storia: biografia e autobiografia in L. A. Muratori. Atti della II giornata di studi muratoriani (Vignola, 23 ottobre 1993). Biblioteca dell'Edizione Nazionale di Carteggio di L. A. Muratori, IX. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki, 1994. Pp....
L'arcangelo E I Grammatici: Antonio Gramsci Storico Della Lingua
Trentaseienne brillante e dotato, raffinato connoisseur della letteratura medievale e rinascimentale, esperto frequentatore di biblioteche ed archivi, nel 1914 Giulio Bertoni, in quegli anni professore di filologia romanza all'Universita di Friburgo,...
Le Narrative Della Moda. Egemonia, Genere, Identita
I. La moda, oggetto della presente indagine, va intesa qui come un sistema di significazione. Esso ci rivela che la funzione degli abiti di un dato contesto sociale si determina dall'incontro di due culture diverse. Le due culture dell'integrazione...
Lost in the Interstices: A Postwar, Pre-Boom Enciclopedia Della Donna
To Victoria Kirkham, with thanks. 1. Why Study A Domestic Guidebook? This essay is more speculative than conclusive; in it, I describe and analyze a text that raises many questions the answers to which lie in a broad sociological and cultural...
Love for Sale or That's Amore: (1) Representing Prostitution during and after Italian Fascism
I. Da che il mondo e mondo: Shooting History's Gap Elisa e riuscita finora a sgusciare tra le maglie, ma v'e cascata Chiccona, alla quale e stato rilasciato il foglio di via per Lucca, la sua citta; v'e cascata Ada, a cui il medico delle carceri...
The Erotic Souvenir as a Portrait of the Artist
The history of portraiture as a cultural practice is expertly sketched in a recent volume of revisionist essays that analyze the genre by interrogating it through such issues as likeness and identity, transactions between sitter and artist, concepts...
The Legal Side of Culture: Notes on Immigration, Laws, and Literature in Contemporary Italy
Perhaps more than any other, the "reality" of immigration is indeed a question of words. (Gerard Noiriel) In 1996, a group of beauty pageant judges awarded a black woman the title of Miss Italia. The ascension of Denny Mendez to the title provoked...
Toward a Genealogy and Methodology of Italian Cultural Studies
A notion that seems to become more and more widely accepted among scholars, students, and opinion makers is that the origin of Cultural Studies in Italy can be traced back to, or at least put under the umbrella of the work of Antonio Gramsci. Undoubtedly,...
"Tra Noi Non Resto Piu Di Differenza": Men, Transvestites, and Power in Orlando Furioso
When Alfonso d'Este succeeded his father Duke Ercole in 1505, his dynasty and court stood in firm control of political authority and cultural patronage in their city state. In the early years of Duke Alfonso's reign, Ludovico Ariosto composed Orlando...