Book Announcement: Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919

Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp285, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919, edited by Lorenzo Benadusi, Paolo L. Bernardini, Elisa Bianco and Paola Guazzo.

Homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism, and trans-genders represented new ideas, customs, and mentalities which shattered nineteenth-century Italy. At this time, Italy was a state in the making, with a growing population, a fading aristocracy, and new urban classes entering the scene. While still an extremely Catholic country, atheism and secularization slowly undermined the old, traditional morality, with literature and poetry endorsing innovative fashions coming from abroad. Laxity mixed with perversion, while new forms of sexuality mirrored the immense changes taking place in a society that, since time immemorial, was dominated by the Church and by a rigid class system. This was a revolution, parallel to the political movements that brought about the Unification of Italy in 1861, and was tormented, intense, and occasionally tragic. This collection of essays offers a rather comprehensive overview of this phenomenon. Personalities and places, ideas and novels, poetry and tragedy, law and customs, are the subject of ten essays, written by leading international experts in Italian history, the history of sexuality, literature and poetry. The Italian nineteenth century is a time of a number of rapid changes, visible and invisible revolutions, often given less attention than the unification process. This book makes a substantial contribution to Italian studies and modern European history.
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Conference Announcement: Sexing the Past: ‘What is and how to do LGBT history’, 3-5 March 2017

2017 marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 and this is the theme for the upcoming conference, which will take place on Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th March 2017 at The Bluecoat, Liverpool.

To register for the conference, click here. For more information about the conference please contact Continue reading