Category Archives: Female friendships

Isabella Grassi and same-sex love

In England, as Laura Doan has observed, the 1920s was a period in which ‘[f]or lesbians in particular, the blurring of categories of gender and the greater dissemination of sexual knowledge made possible new paradigms for self-understanding that paved the … Continue reading

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Sibilla Aleramo and Mura

1919 was a landmark year for literary representation of desire between women in Italy, since two important novels were published, Il passaggio [The Passage], by Sibilla Aleramo, and Perfidie [Perfidies] by Mura (Maria Volpi Nannipieri), the romantic novelist and journalist. … 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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Goliarda Sapienza’s ‘French Connections’

See the link below for a video of a talk I gave at the conference ‘Goliarda Sapienza in Context’, held at the IGRS, London, on 1 June 2013. It was organised by Alberica Bazzoni, Emma Bond and Katrin Wehling-Giorgi. Thanks to … Continue reading

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‘I’m not a lesbo-feminist but…..’: forms of lesbian (dis)avowal in contemporary Italian culture

The post below is a slightly modified version of a paper I presented at the conference ‘Postfeminism? The Culture and Politics of Gender in the Age of Berlusconi’ [Postfemminismo? Cultura e politica di genere ai tempi di Berlusconi], held in Bologna, 7-9 … Continue reading

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Intervento sulla letteratura lesbica italiana

Incontro al Centro documentazione il Cassero, 18 aprile 2013 La letteratura ‘lesbica’ italiana oggi Charlotte Ross, Università di Birmingham. L’incontro fa parte del programma di SOGGETTIVA (rassegna di cultura lesbica di Arcilesbica Bologna)  Riporto il testo del mio intervento, che … 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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