Seamstresses in the city: modernity, mobility, and anxiety in post-world war two Italian film

Derounian, Flora (2019) Seamstresses in the city: modernity, mobility, and anxiety in post-world war two Italian film. Annali d'Italianistica, 37 (1). pp. 177-208. ISSN 0741–7527

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Abstract

This article examines the representations of Italian seamstresses in two postWorld War II Italian films, Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna (Emmer, 1952), and Le amiche
(Antonioni, 1955). Seamstresses were one of the few female workforces to gain notoriety and visibility in the urban landscape following World War II. They embody a critical contradiction between modernity and domesticity for women of this period. This article assesses how filmic representations are symptomatic of anxiety around women’s work, increased female mobility, and changing gender roles. Doreen Massey’s theory of space and gender (1994) is deployed to propose that urban space is not simply geographical, but is indicative of social space, ideological space, and gender relations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Postwar Italy, gender, Italian film, work, urban space, mobility, women's labour history.
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG History of Italy
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD2321 Industry
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Depositing User: Flora Derounian
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 09:08
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 11:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88305

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