Italian Feminist Theory and Practice: Equality and Sexual Difference

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Graziella Parati, Rebecca J. West
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 145 pages
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"This collection of essays by some of the most distinguished scholars working on Italian feminist theory today brings to the fore the issue of sexual difference as it has been elaborated over the last several years within the context of feminist thought and practice in Italy. In the Introduction the editors discuss salient topics that condition the debate on equality vs. difference as articulated in the theoretical work of French, American, and Italian feminist thinkers. There follow essays by Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Lucia Re, Luisa Muraro, Adriana Cavarero, Lea Melandri, and Teresa de Lauretis, in which the authors explore the concept of sexual difference, female authority, relational identity, gendered roles, and homosexual desire in its relation to heterosexual normativity. The volume brings Italian feminist theory squarely into the arena of the most important contemporary feminist debates, revealing both its connections to and disjunctions from more dominant French and North American theories and practices."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
13
Sexual Difference Made in Italy
29
Mothers Daughters Heretics
31
Authorship Authority Authoritarianism
50
Equality Is Not Enough
75
The Passion of Feminine Difference beyond Equality
77
Who Engenders Politics?
88
From Gender Difference to the Individuality of Male and Female
104
Subjectivity Feminist Politics and the Intractability of Desire
117
Index
136
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Dame Rebecca West was a British writer, journalist, and literary critic. West initially trained as an actress, but soon found her calling as a writer after having several essays and editorial pieces on politics and women's suffrage published in prominent magazines such as The Daily Telegraph and the New York Herald TribuneA Train of Powder, The Meaning of Treason, and The New Meaning of Treason. She also wrote works of fiction, including the acclaimed The Return of the Soldier, and the autobiographical Aubrey trilogy, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. A respected journalist and intellectual figure, West died in 1983 at the age of 90.

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