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

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Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film
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This volume 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 transhistoricizing sexuality, the contributors to this volume share an interest in probing the multiform 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 critical space in the Italian tradition wherein fixed definitions of sexual identity collapse. This title should be of interest to Italianists, medieval to modern, and queer cultural theorists.

Author Biography

GARY P. CESTARO is Associate Professor of Italian language and literature at DePaul University in Chicago.
Release date NZ
August 13th, 2004
Contributor
Edited by G. Cestaro
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 242 p. 1 illus.
Imprint
Palgrave Macmillan
Pages
242
Dimensions
140x216x13
ISBN-13
9780312240264
Product ID
1664377

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