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Palgrave Macmillan

Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen

ISBN 9781137336507
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Italian and Italian American Studies

Feminism in Italy has left a great area of investigation uncovered, buried under the pressure of a backlash that runs over women's identity, their expectations, and their artistic expression. Featuring essays by top scholars and interviews with acclaimed directors, this book examines Italian women's authorship in film and their visions of reality. This anthology unites artists such as Lina Wertmuller, Liliana Cavani, Alina Marazzi, Ilaria Borrelli, and Francesca Comencini with intellectuals such as Dacia Maraini and Patrizia Carrano, two groundbreaking Italian writers whose work has been dedicated to the tireless defense of women's literature and cinema, from a perspective of continuity with past issues and openness towards the more complex gender challenges of today.

Maristella Cantini is Assistant Professor of Italian at Depauw University, USA. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and a Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Pisa, Italy. Her research interests are centered on Italian women's literature, women's cinema, and postfeminist studies.

Foreword; Patrizia Carrano
Preface; Dacia Maraini
Introduction; Maristella Cantini
1. Napoli Terra d'Amore...The Eye on the Screen of Elvira Notari; Chiara Ricci
2. Grotesque Bodies, Fragmented Selves: (Anti)Feminist Representations of Womanhood in Lina Wertmüller's Love and Anarchy; Claudia Consolati
3. Don't Bring a Gun to a Fist Fight: Deconstructing Hegemonic Masculinity through Guns in Lina Wertmüller's Seven Beauties; Lidia Hwa Soon Anchisi Hopkins and Luke Cuculis
4. Adventurous Identities: Cavani's Thematic Imaginary; Gaetana Marrone
5. Healing the Daughter's Body in Francesca Archibugi's Il Grande Cocomero; Daniela De Pau
6. A Space of One's Own: Motherhood Revisited in Francesca Comencini's Lo Spazio Bianco; Claudia Karagoz
7. Women in the Deserted City. Urban Space in Marina Spada's Cinema; Laura Di Bianco
8. Envisioning Our Mothers' Face. Reading Alina Marazzi's For One More Hour with You and We Want Roses, Too; Cristina Gamberi
9. Alina Marazzi's Women: A Director in Search of Herself through a Female Genealogy.; Fabiana Cecchini
10. Angela/o and the Gender Disruption of Masculine Society in Purple Sea; Anita Virga
11. Ilaria Borrelli: Cinema and Postfeminism; Maristella Cantini
1. Interview with Alina Marazzi; Cristina Gamberi
2. Interview with Marina Spada; Laura Di Bianco
3. Interview with Alice Rohrwacher; Laura di Bianco
4. Interview with Paola Randi; Laura di Bianco
5. Interview with Costanza Quatriglio; Giovanna Summerfield

Lidia Hwa Soon Anchisi Hopkins, Gettysburg College, USA
Patrizia Carrano, Writer, Italy
Fabiana Cecchini, Texas A&M University, USA
Claudia Consolati, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Luke Cuculis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Daniela De Pau, Drexel University, USA
Laura Di Bianco, CUNY Graduate Center, USA
Claudia Karagoz, Saint Louis University, USA
Cristina Gamberi, University of Hull, UK
Vera Golini, St. Jerome's University, Canada
Dacia Maraini, Writer, Italy
Gaetana Marrone, Princeton University, USA
Robin Pickering-Iazzi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Chiara Ricci, Writer and Independent Scholar, Italy
Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University, USA
Anita Virga, University of Connecticut, USA


"Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen is an absolute must read for Italian film scholars specializing in women filmmakers. A particular kind of women filmmakers: those who are clearly not interested in directing and producing mainstream feature films per se, but, rather, are eager to promote an innovative discourse in cinema." - Stefania Lucamante, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, The Catholic University of America, USA
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