Category Archives: 19th century

Posts about texts and ideas circulating in the 19th century

Conference in Verona in the history of dissident sexualities in Italy

On 21-22 September 2015, I attended a conference at the University of Verona, organised by the PoliTeSse Researdch Centre (Politics and Theories of Sexuality – Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology), along with TeSIS Department (Time, Space, Image and Society), CSC … Continue reading

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Eccentricity and Sameness: new book

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book, which is the culmination of my research so far on this project: Eccentricity and Sameness. Discourses on Lesbianism and Desire between Women in Italy, 1860s-1930s (Peter Lang, 2015) Dispelling widespread views that … Continue reading

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Cantarano: case study about female sexual inversion (1883), available on Leswiki

I’d like to publicise here a fantastic web resource that I discovered a few months ago: http://www.leswiki.it/ This is a wiki with all kinds of information about lesbian culture in Italy and beyond. It is particularly helpful for me since … Continue reading

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Matrimoni Bostoniani

Matrimoni Bostoniani. Presentazione del film di Maya Gallus, the Mystery of Mazo de la Roche (Il mistero di Mazo de la Roche), 2012; alla manifestazione Lesbiche Fuorisalone, Milano, ottobre 2012.[1] Io sono una studiosa della cultura italiana, e attualmente sto scrivendo un … Continue reading

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Impulsi omicidi: livelli di omofobia tra la fine del diciannovesimo e l’inizio del ventesimo secolo

Nel mio lavoro sulla rappresentazione delle lesbiche, o di donne che desiderano altre donne, nei testi italiani, spesso incontro commenti omofobi e negativi. In questo post li analizzo, riflettendo sulle possibili motivazioni che si celano dietro la negatività e il … Continue reading

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Lesbiche fuorisalone, Milano

Sono stata invitata alla manifestazione Lesbiche Fuorisalone, Milano (2012) per presentare un documentario sulla scrittrice/scrittora Canadese Mazo de la Roche. Il film parla del suo ‘matrimonio Bostoniano’ con sua cugina Caroline. Ho fatto un breve intervento sul fenomeno (vedi il mio post ‘Matrimoni Bostoniani).       Per vedere il programma del Fuorisaolone clicca sul … Continue reading

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Murderous urges: degrees of homophobia in the late 19th and early 20th century

In my work on representations of lesbians, or women who desire women, in Italian texts, I often come across homophobic, negative, comments. I am analysing these, reflecting on the possible motivations for this negativity and prejudice. Sometimes, even murderous desires … Continue reading

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