The Diva in Modern Italian Culture

ITS_150pxThe latest issue (vol.70, no.3, August 2015) of the journal Italian Studies, entitled The Diva in Modern Italian Culture, explores a national case that has been largely overlooked in the extensive scholarship on the phenomenon of the diva in literature, theatre, and opera. It takes a long historical perspective, with the contributors discussing examples all the way from Isabella Andreini (1562-1604) to Anna Magnani (1908-1973) and including Antonia Cavallucci and Eleanora Duse. Recurring themes in the articles include feminine beauty, ‘to-be-looked-at-ness’, self-promotion and marketing, the contradictory image of femininity and its relationship to contemporary values.

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