Italian and Italian American Studies

Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film

Editors: Cestaro, G. (Ed.)

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Queer Italia gathers essays on Italian literature and film, medieval to modern. The volume's chronological organization reflects its intention to define a queer tradition in Italian culture. While fully cognizant of the theoretical risks inherent in trans-historicizing sexuality, the contributors to this volume share an interest in probing the multi-form dynamics of sexual desires in Italian texts through the centuries. The volume aims not to promote the mistaken notion of a single homosexuality through history. Rather, these essays together upset and undo the equally misguided assumption of an omnipresent heterosexuality through time by uncovering the various, complex workings of desire in texts from all periods. Somewhat paradoxically, a kind of queer canon results. These essays open a much-needed critical space in the Italian tradition wherein fixed definitions of sexual identity collapse. Queer Italia is the first and only work of its kind in Italian criticism. As such, it will be of interest to a wide audience of Italianists, medieval to modern, and queer cultural theorists.

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GARY P. CESTARO is Associate Professor of Italian language and literature at DePaul University in Chicago.

Reviews

'In conclusion, it is to be hoped that this book will circulate beyond scholars primarily interested in gender studies and Italian history because of its demonstration of just how fruitful queer criticism can be in contested areas of culture.' - Mary P. Wood, European History Quarterly


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film

    Pages 1-17

    Cestaro, Gary P.

  • The Dead Sea of Sodomy: Giordano da Pisa on Men Who Have Sex With Men

    Pages 19-34

    Schlager, Bernard

  • Bibbiena’s Closet: Interpretation and the Sexual Culture of a Renaissance Papal Court

    Pages 35-53

    Wyatt, Michael

  • Knots of Desire: Female Homoeroticism in Orlando furioso 25

    Pages 55-69

    DeCoste, Mary-Michelle

  • ACTing UP in the Renaissance:The Case of Benvenuto Cellini

    Pages 71-82

    Gallucci, Margaret A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film
Editors
  • G. Cestaro
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Gary P. Cestaro
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8259-9
DOI
10.1057/9781403982599
Softcover ISBN
978-0-312-24026-4
Series ISSN
2635-2931
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 242
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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