Italian Feminist Theory and Practice: Equality and Sexual Difference

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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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Graziella Parati is Associate Professor at Dartmouth College, N.H., where she teaches twentieth-century Italian culture, Italian American Culture, and autobiography and gender issues. Rebecca West is Professor of Italian and Cinema/Media Studies at the University of Chicago, where she teaches modern and contemporary Italian prose fiction and poetry, Italian and Italian American film, and gender issues.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
The Concept of Difference in Italian Feminist Thought: Mothers, Daughters, Heretics 31
Diotima's Dilemmas: Authorship, Authority, Authoritarianism 50
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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