Tag Archives: Italy

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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Researching LGBTQ histories, cultures and identities in Italy

This is a post I wrote for a blog set up by my university for LGBT History month. See the other posts here: http://uob-lgbtscholarship.tumblr.com/ This is my contribution: I’ve been researching lesbian lives, experiences and stories in Italy for over … 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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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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On lesbian (in)existence

Is it better to be a visible gay man in a homophobic society, who risks being subject to verbal and physical homophobic abuse, or to be a lesbian, who is effectively culturally, socially and politically invisible? This is the question … Continue reading

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