Studies of the history and cultural activities of women in 20th Century Italy have tended to concentrate either on the years of War and Fascism, or else on the feminism of the late 1960s and 1970s. The intervening period has come under much less scrutiny. It is the aim of this conference to bring together specialists from a variety of disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of the social and cultural history in those years of upheaval and readjustment.
There will be speakers from Italy, the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland. Keynote Speakers will include Natalia Aspesi (La Repubblica), Rebecca West (University of Chicago) and Sharon Wood (University of Leicester).
Papers will be in either Italian or English and will include discussion of the following themes: women and politics in the postwar period ('cittadinanza attiva'; CIF and UDI); the 'legge Merlin'; Americanization and modernization of Italian society; women in cinema (women in the films of Antonioni, Fellini, Visconti, Pasolini; stars of the 1950s; women and the economic boom nel cinema); women and literature (novels, poetry, letters: Sibilla Aleramo, Anna Banti, Alba de CÚspedes, Biagia Marniti, Elsa Morante; images of women in literature); the domestic (the ideal and the real in domestic manuals, in the cinema, in literature; housing); women and the theatre (women's educational theatre; women in the theatre of De Filippo; Rame and Fo); women and television.
In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
Supported by: The British Academy, the Association for the Study of Modern Italy and the Society for Italian Studies
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