women’s studies


An excerpt from the chapter ‘Generating Possibilities, Together’ of the book ‘Vulnerability As Generativity’  by Cristiana Ottaviano and Alessia Santambrogio   The path we have taken so far has led us to address a number of issues we would now like to briefly recapitulate before moving on. We have explored the topic of female generativity in relation to a fundamental issue in Gender Studies: that one of motherhood as an experience that gives significance to the feminine and, at the same time, is an instrument of patriarchy through which women... Read more →

Contemporary Women’s Cinema, Global Scenarios and Transnational Contexts. Introduction by Veronica Pravadelli

This volume opens the publications of the international network Global Women’s Cinema whose aim is to investigate women’s agency in lm production, distribution and reception in contemporary global and transnational contexts. The network was established in 2013 in Rome with the conference Contemporary Women’s Cinema, Global Scenarios and Transnational Contexts organized by Veronica Pravadelli at Roma Tre University. Since then the network has developed thanks to two more conferences. In 2014, at Stony Brook University E. Ann Kaplan, Adrián Pérez Melgosa and Kathleen M. Vernon organized the second edition, titled... Read more →

True Womanhood/Cult of Domesticity

An Excerpt from ‘Angels and Monsters in the House. Essays on Womanhood in 19th Century America’ by Simona Porro 1. True Womanhood/Cult of Domesticity In a manual entitled Female Piety, or a Young Woman’s Friend and Guide Through Life to Immortality, published in New York in 1853, Congregationalist preacher John Angell James wrote that ‘woman was the finishing grace of the creation. Woman was the completeness of man’s bliss in Paradise. Woman was the cause of sin and death to our world. The world was redeemed by the seed of... Read more →

Contemporary Women’s Cinema, Global Scenarios and Transnational Contexts

The volume explores contemporary women’s cinema in relation to issues related to gender and globalization. The anthology gathers scholars coming from several parts of the world – from Italy to the US, from Turkey to Iran and Greece, from New Zealand to Argentina, from Germany to Canada. Such a global perspective is mirrored in the book’s content: essays consider women’s production in the domain of cinema by looking at various films and filmmakers around the globe and by tackling the relation between national, transnational and global contexts in film production.... Read more →

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