Fascist Virilities: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Social Fantasy in Italy

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U of Minnesota Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Political Science - 187 pages
Fascist Virilities exposes the relation between rhetoric and ideology. Barbara Spackman looks at Italian fascism as a matter of discourse, with "virility" as the master code that articulates and melds its disparate elements. In her analysis, rhetoric binds together the elements of ideology, with "virility" as the key. To reveal how this works, Spackman traces the circulation of "virility" in the discourse of the Italian regime and in the rhetorical practices of Mussolini himself. She tracks the appearance of virility in two of the sources of fascist rhetoric, Gabriele D'Annunzio and F.T. Marinetti, in the writings of the futurist Valentine de Saint Point and the fascist feminist Teresa Labriola, and in the speeches of Mussolini. A critical and timely contribution to the current reappraisal of fascist ideology, this book will interest anyone concerned with the relations between gender, sexuality, and fascist discourse.
 

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Contents

DAnnunzio Marinetti Mussolini Benjamin
1
2 Fascist Women and the Rhetoric of Virility
34
Marinettis Homophobic Economics
49
4 DAnnunzio and the Antidemocratic Fantasy
77
5 Fascism as Discursive Regime
114
Notes
157
Index
183
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