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Bellissima : feminine beauty and the idea of Italy, Stephen Gundle

Label
Bellissima : feminine beauty and the idea of Italy
Title
Bellissima
Title remainder
feminine beauty and the idea of Italy
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Gundle
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Feminine beauty has been more discussed, appreciated, represented in art and associated with national, cultural identity in Italy than in any other country. This study investigates the debates and conflicts the issue provoked. Gundle examines the role of peasant beauty in symbolising the failed hopes of the Risorgimento, and the annexation of this by the establishment in the late nineteenth century; Fascism's failure to mould the ideal modern Italian woman; the politicization of beauty pageants after the Second World War; the symbolic role of film and television stars; and the controversy over the election of the first non-white Miss Italy in 1996." "Although the public discussion of feminine beauty was largely a male affair, the women were caught up in it, and who were seen, on account of their beauty, to embody the nation, were never passive objects. Indeed, they often used or manipulated the tradition of beauty for their own ends. This book explores these issues through the careers and public images of numerous prominent women including Queen Margherita of Savoy, the opera singer Lina Cavalieri, and the film stars Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale and Monica Bellucci."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gundle, Stephen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)
  • National characteristics, Italian
Label
Bellissima : feminine beauty and the idea of Italy, Stephen Gundle
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 1.
  • Italy, the land of beauty.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • blonde aura of Queen Margherita.
  • p. 33
  • 3.
  • rise of professional beauty.
  • p. 58
  • 4.
  • Fascism and the allure of the female image.
  • p. 80
  • 5.
  • Beauty and national identity after the Second World War.
  • p. 107
  • 6.
  • Catholics, Communists and beauty contests.
  • p. 125
  • 7.
  • female film stars of the 1950s.
  • p. 142
  • 8.
  • Mass consumption and ideals of beauty.
  • p. 170
  • 9.
  • Emancipation, eroticism and nostalgia.
  • p. 191
  • 10.
  • Beauty and ethnicity in the era of globalisation.
  • p. 223
  • 11.
  • return of the 'Bella Italiana'.
  • p. 245
Control code
ocm76141923
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 301 p.
Isbn
9780300123876
Lccn
2006037320
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Bellissima : feminine beauty and the idea of Italy, Stephen Gundle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 1.
  • Italy, the land of beauty.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • blonde aura of Queen Margherita.
  • p. 33
  • 3.
  • rise of professional beauty.
  • p. 58
  • 4.
  • Fascism and the allure of the female image.
  • p. 80
  • 5.
  • Beauty and national identity after the Second World War.
  • p. 107
  • 6.
  • Catholics, Communists and beauty contests.
  • p. 125
  • 7.
  • female film stars of the 1950s.
  • p. 142
  • 8.
  • Mass consumption and ideals of beauty.
  • p. 170
  • 9.
  • Emancipation, eroticism and nostalgia.
  • p. 191
  • 10.
  • Beauty and ethnicity in the era of globalisation.
  • p. 223
  • 11.
  • return of the 'Bella Italiana'.
  • p. 245
Control code
ocm76141923
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 301 p.
Isbn
9780300123876
Lccn
2006037320
Other physical details
ill.

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