Writing and Performing Female Identity in Italian Culture

  • Virginia Picchietti
  • Laura A. Salsini

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Virginia Picchietti, Laura A. Salsini
    Pages 1-15
  3. Poetry

  4. Cinema

  5. Theatre

  6. Prose

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 273-278

About this book


This volume investigates the ways in which Italian women writers, filmmakers, and performers have represented female identity across genres from the immediate post-World War II period to the turn of the twenty-first century. Considering genres such as prose, poetry, drama, and film, these essays examine the vision of female agency and self-actualization arising from women artists’ critique of female identity.  This dual approach reveals unique interpretations of womanhood in Italy spanning more than fifty years, while also providing a deep investigation of the manipulation of canvases historically centered on the male subject.  With its unique coupling of generic and thematic concerns, the volume contributes to the ever expanding female artistic legacy, and to our understanding of postwar Italian women’s evolving relationship to the narration of history, gender roles, and these artists’ use and revision of generic convention to communicate their vision.


Italian literature Italian cinema Italian theatre female identity gender studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Virginia Picchietti
    • 1
  • Laura A. Salsini
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Scranton ScrantonUSA
  2. 2.University of Delaware NewarkUSA

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