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Mothers of Invention was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. To Mussolini, she was either donna-madre, the lauded domestic model, or donna-crisi, intellectual, masculine, a degenerate type. But woman, as Mothers of Invention shows, was not a category so easily defined or contained by the Italian Fascist state. This volume is the first thorough investigation of culture produced by Italian women during Fascism (1922-1943). In literature, painting, sculpture, film, and fashion, the contributors explore the politics of invention articulated by these women as they negotiated prevailing ideologies. Essays on women’s film spectatorship, on Anna Kuliscioff as the leading feminist in the Socialist party, on Teresa Labriola’s concept of Fascist feminism, on futurism and on Irene Brin’s reportage on female fashion and self-invention examine women in mass culture, political thought, and daily living. Contributors: Rosalia Colombo Ascari, Sweet Briar College; Fiora A. Bassanese, U of Massachusetts, Boston; Maurizia Boscagli, U of California, Santa Barbara; Emily Braun, Hunter College, CUNY; Carole C. Gallucci; Mariolina Graziosi, U of Milan; Clara Orban, Depaul U; Lucia Re, UCLA; Jacqueline Reich, Trinity College; and Barbara Spackman, New York University.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Inventions of Women's Making, in History and Critical Thought
  2. Robin Pickering-Iazzi
  3. pp. ix-xxxii
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  1. 1 Feminism and Socialism in Anna Kuliscioff's Writings
  2. Rosalia Colombo Ascari
  3. pp. 1-25
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  1. 2 Gender Struggle and the Social Manipulation and Ideological Use of Gender Identity in the Interwar Years
  2. Mariolina Graziosi
  3. pp. 26-51
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  1. 3 Women, Futurism, and Fascism
  2. Clara Orban
  3. pp. 52-75
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  1. 4 Fascist Theories of "Woman" and the Construction of Gender
  2. Lucia Re
  3. pp. 76-99
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  1. 5 Fascist Women and the Rhetoric of Virility
  2. Barbara Spackman
  3. pp. 100-120
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  1. 6 The Power of Style: Fashion and Self-Fashioning in Irene Brin's Journalistic Writing
  2. Maurizia Boscagli
  3. pp. 121-136
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  1. 7 Sibilla Aleramo: Writing a Personal Myth
  2. Flora A. Eassanese
  3. pp. 137-165
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  1. 8 Antonietta Raphaël: Artist, Woman, Foreigner, Jew, Wife, Mother, Muse, and Anti-Fascist
  2. Emily Braun
  3. pp. 166-199
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  1. 9 Alba De Céspedes's There's No Turning Back: Challenging the New Woman's Future
  2. Carole C. Gallucci
  3. pp. 200-219
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  1. 10 Reading, Writing, and Rebellion: Collectivity, Specularity, and Sexuality in the Italian Schoolgirl Comedy, 1934–43
  2. Jacqueline Reich
  3. pp. 220-252
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  1. Appendix: Chronology of Italian Fascism and Women in History and Criticism
  2. pp. 253-258
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 263-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-271
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816686698
Related ISBN
9780816626519
MARC Record
OCLC
567981327
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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