Associazione Archivio per la memoria e la scrittura delle donne (Association Archive for the memory and writing of women) is a website dedicated to promoting the documentation and research into women's writing and women authors in Italy. The Association holds the personal archives of women writers such as: Sibilla Aleramo; Luisa Adorno; Flora Wiechmann Savioli; Donatella Contini. Short biographies of the authors and descriptions of each archive's contents are included, as are some private photographs. Documents in the archives relate to the personal and professional lives of the authors and include: letters, manuscripts, and articles. A more detailed inventory of the Fiamma Vigo archive is available. The site provides articles in PDF format on topics relevant to the archives' holdings, such as women's role under Fascism and in the Resistance. A list of past and forthcoming events and conferences is detailed, as is information about recent publications concerning women's literature. Archive material covers the modern to contemporary era. Anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of female authors' roles in Italy or the development of a cultural memory for women would find this resource useful.
"Azione femminile" was a periodical published by Italy's Movimento femminile della Democrazia cristiana (Christian Democrat's Women's movement) between 1944 and 1945. It was distributed as a supplement of the newspaper Il Popolo. This website makes available facsimiles of the 39 editions published between December 1944 and December 1945 in PDF. The periodical is hosted by the Istituto Sturzo, an organisation set up in 1951 that aims to promote research and houses many documents relating, in particular, to the history of the Catholic movement. Issues of Azione femminile cover topics such as: female suffrage; women at work; news from abroad; social customs and morals; and feminism. This resource is invaluable for researchers of Italian women's history, providing an interesting look at opinions and priorities during the last years of the Second World War.
This is the website of the Biblioteca italiana delle donne (Italian women's library), Italy's principal library dedicated to works by and on women. The library's catalogue can be searched online. The 30,000 works in the library cover topics including: feminism; work; poetry; politics; sexuality; arts; science; history; religion; and philosophy. Highlights of the collection include holdings of "La donna fascista", the periodical of the Italian Social Republic and numerous first editions by Italian authors such as: Sibilla Aleramo; Grazia Deledda; Ada Negri; Anna Banti; and Neera. The Sofia collection makes available works devoted to the literature of children and young girls, whilst the Rosi Braidotti Fund constitutes works by contemporary feminist philosophers.
A bibliography of the library's publications is given, as is practical information on the library, such as opening times and contact details. The site links to other relevant organisations and online catalogues. The site is available in Italian and English. The library was established in 1982 in Bologna and is a non-profit making cultural organisation. This resource is useful for anyone studying any aspect of women's studies in Italy, including women's literature, poetry, and history.
This website allows users to search the catalogues of thirteen libraries and centres based in Tuscany devoted to women's literature, history, and culture. Users can search by keyword, author, title, subject, or date. It is possible to select specific catalogues or search all databases at once. Individual results are accompanied by a short description of the work's contents and a list of keywords that allow users to locate similar works. There are over 13,000 records collected together in the database on a range of topics relating to gender studies. Works are largely in Italian and English.
The libraries represented on this site include: Associazione Artemisia; Istituto Gramsci Toscano; Women on Work Onlus; Associazione Centro donna in Grosseto; Associazione casa della donna in Pisa; and Cooperativa Alice in Prato. This resource is useful for researchers of the culture and history of Italian women as a means of locating material for further research.
This is the website of the "Centro studi e documentazioni pensiero femminile" (Centre for the study and documentation of feminist thought), which was set up in Turin, Italy in 1995 by a group of academics and journalists. The centre's aim is to collect and preserve material relating to feminism in Italy, enabling it to be accessed for academic purposes. It holds documents written by and on women active in the Italian feminist movement. Users can search the centre's library catalogue to locate works of interest. The centre holds numerous rare and important works relating to women's thought and writing of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The development and aims of the centre are explained on the website and there are useful links to other relevant web resources. Information on the centre's publications is included. This resource is a useful starting point for locating material on Italian feminism and would be of value to those studying women's literature or history in Italy.
"Women and written culture in the Middle Ages" aims at creating an online database of women recorded as being involved in the creation of manuscripts up to and including the fifteenth century. Initially, the database deals with copyists only. Illuminators and binders, who were also involved in book production, will be added in later stages. The data is normally taken from secondary sources. Primary sources are being consulted to refine and add to the database. The database interface, and information on the project, is available in both Italian and English. The project is based at the University of Cassino and the University "La Sapienza" in Rome.
This is the website of the Fondazione Elvira Badaracco, a foundation that aims to promote the study of women's political and cultural history in Italy. The foundation holds several archives; this site presents a detailed breakdown of individual archive's contents. It is possible to consult details of the records of several archives. The Foundation holds the personal archives of journalist Marisa Rusconi, writer Anna Franchi, and political philosopher Luisa Muraro. The correspondence between Alba de Céspedes and Vittorio Giovanni Rossi is available for consultation, as is the political archive of the Libreria delle donne di Milano (Women's bookshop of Milan).
There is a biography of Elvira Badaracco (1911-1994), who established the Centro di studi storici sul movimento di liberazione della donna in Italia (Centre for historical study of the liberation movement of women in Italy), whose patrimony later became the basis for Foundation, which was set up by Annarita Buttafuoco. Documents in the archive deal with issues such as: maternity; abortion; contraception; and prostitution. There is also much material on the history of feminism and women's organisations. This resource would be of interest to those studying the political and social history of women in Italy, feminism, and the individual women featured.
"Il paese delle donne online" (Women's country online) is a website dedicated to the study of women's history and role in Italy and feminist theory. Articles are published on the site which cover a wide range of topics such as: women's bodies; women's rights; and sexual violence. The site presents an interesting collection of articles on issues relating to Italian feminism, both past and present. Users can also access archived articles. There are book reviews of relevant recent publications. Users can search the site and subscribe to a newsletter. Information on events and meetings held by various organisations throughout Italy is also included. The site brings together much information that would be of use to researchers of the literature, history, and politics of women in Italy.
Available in both English and Italian, this is the website of Immaginaria, an annual festival of lesbian film, which has been held in Bologna, Italy since 1993. The festival is hosted by Italian separatist lesbian organisation Associazione Culturale Lesbica Visibilia. The site provides information about the forthcoming festival and details about the previous show, including results, awards and the programme. The site also has an archive, listing all films previously shown at the festival, with additional information about each film. The archive can be browsed by production year; festival year; category (fiction, experimental, documentary); country; and award. There is also an alphabetical list of directors; information on the Festival and its selection criteria; and a section on accompanying debates, performances and art exhibitions. Some of the site is in Italian only.
The Italian Women Writers project (IWW) preserves and provides access to an extensive corpus of literature written by Italian women authors. It brings together information on and texts by both famous and less well-known Italian women writers from the late 12th century to those born in 1945. The range of texts includes: autobiographies; children's literature; diaries; histories and chronicles; interviews; letters; novels; poems; reviews and travel literature. The project has three interrelated components: an author index (comprising biographical information); an editions index (which serves as an online bibliography); a full-text index (where the user may retrieve or search the full-text of authors' works). The search facilities are sophisticated and the site offers help and suggestions for searching and browsing strategies. It also invites contributions from teachers who have developed course materials using the IWW collection in an effort to make the project a useful teaching resource. This excellent archive would be of great value to students, teachers and researchers interested in Italian women writers, providing easy access to a vast number of texts and detailed information about the authors themselves.
The Libera Università delle Donne (Free University of Women) was founded in 1987 in Italy, as a non-profit making organisation that aims to promote research into the social and cultural identity of women. This website makes available numerous essays and newspaper articles on various aspects of gender issues. Material is divided into sections, considering Italian women's involvement and portrayal in such areas as: art; film; work; religion; and mythology. Women's presence in history is also assessed. Essays look also at the legacy of feminism in Italy, the feminist movement of the 1970s, and prostitution.
There are book reviews of relevant publications and information about the University's own publications. A history of the University is provided, alongside biographies of its key figures. This site also gives details of a specific branch of the University, the Gruppo soggettività lesbica (Group for lesbian subjectivity) and its work and publications. This resource is useful for anyone studying gender issues in Italy, as a source of secondary material on a range of cultural topics. It also provides an interesting reassessment of the feminist movement of the last century by some of its protagonists.
The Rete informativa Lilith (Lilith information network) brings together details of the archive holdings of dozens of Italian organisations dedicated to women's studies and history. Users can search two databases covering a variety of sources. The catalogue Lilith includes over 36,000 records of monographs, seminar proceedings, publications, and magazine articles from various women's centres in Italy, dating from the 1960s onward. Lilith details the complete archives of the publications: DonnaWomanFemme (DWF); Effe; Duoda; Memoria; Leggere Donna; and Rosa. The archives of Via Dogana, Reti, and Istar are almost complete. Users can search for a record by keyword, author, or title, or perform an advanced search. Some of the topics covered by the various organisations' archives collected in Lilith include: contraception; abortion; sexuality; sexual violence; lesbianism; religion; literary criticism; and health.
The catalogue Lilarca makes available descriptions of various foundations' archives covering feminism of the 1970s. There is also a list of the organisations the site refers to, with contact details and links to their websites. This resource is a useful way of locating material for anyone studying women's literature, history, and culture in Italy, with a particular emphasis on the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
"Il Risorgimento invisibile : presenze femminili dell'Ottocento meridionale" is a website produced as part of a inter-university research programme run by the University of Naples. The site intends to give visibility to and encourage research on those women who occupied important roles during the events of the Risorgimento in Southern Italy. The site is regularly updated with new information, and users are also invited to contribute with further material and suggestions. The site is divided into various hypertextual sections which provide: women's biographies; a list of activities women were involved in during that period; information on some nineteenth-century women's magazines; and information on women's associations, societies and literary salons. It is also possible to find a number of images and information on published and unpublished documents. At the time of cataloguing, the site still required some further development as, for example, a bibliography was not available. However, it promises to be an original and valuable resource for both students and scholars.
Sette lezioni online (Seven online lectures) is a website created by Cliomedia Officina, an organisation involved in historical and archive research, under the auspices of Regione Siciliana. The site provides seven chapters on the history and society of Southern Italy. All chapters are written by well-known Italian professors from the universities of: Turin; Rome; Teramo; Catania; and Palermo. Each chapter is divided into sub-sections and provides information on its author, a bibliography, and glossary. The chapters are entitled: "La famiglia e le donne" (Family and women); "La letteratura delle cento Sicilie" (Literature of the hundred Sicilies); "La Mafia"; "Il separatismo e l'autonomia siciliana" (Separatism and Sicilian autonomy); "L'intervento dello Stato" (Government's intervention); "Sudest, un modello di sviluppo locale (South-eastern Sicily, a model of local development); and "La storia come risorsa per il futuro" (History as a resource for the future). The site is easy to access and will be of interest to undergraduates, although it is entirely in Italian.
This is the website of SIS-Società italiana delle storiche (Italian Association of Women Historians), founded in 1989. The Association aims to promote Italian and International women's and gender history through research, teaching and the preservation of documents and material. In particular, one of the Association's objectives is that of encouraging new ideas and categories into historical teaching and research. Its members are: scholars; teachers; undergraduate students; archivists; and librarians. Users can view members' interests and their academic details. Their interests range over political, social, cultural and religious women's history. The Association publishes its own newsletter entitled "Agenda" and a journal, "Genesis". Access to the electronic version of these periodicals is still under construction at the time of writing. In the section "Biblioteca" users can browse a database of articles (published since 2000) on women's history. The same section offers access to some "Dossiers" on feminism and general women's cultural and political history in Italy. Users can also find updated information on the Association's initiatives, such as the journals "DWF-DonnaWomanFemme" that is devoted to women's culture and politics, and "Memoria". Other initiatives include SIS's Summer School and the Women's and Gender History Franca Pieroni Bortolotti Prize. The site also provides information on national and international conferences, events, as well as fellowships and academic positions. Only some sections of the site are available in English. This Web resource is a useful starting point for those interested in Italian history, particularly in relation to gender studies.
This website presents the organisation "Storia delle donne", which is dedicated to the study of women in history, in particular with regard to Italy. The site provides links to various resources including: libraries and archives holding documents relating specifically to women; women's studies' sites; and magazines and journals relating to women's studies. Additionally, it makes available book reviews of relevant recently published works. From this site users are directed to the Website of Firenze University Press, where they can view past issues of the journal "Storia delle donne" in PDF. Each issue is dedicated to a particular theme, then divided into sections entitled "Present" and "Past". The first issue deals with issues relating to conception and pregnancy both in present day and historical Italy. The second issue covers the role of older women in Italian society, again both in present-day Italy and through her past. Articles are contributed by various Italian academics. Storia delle donne was formerly known as GopherDonna and established in 1994 by Susanna Giaccai and Annarita Buttafuoco. The website is the responsibility of Dinora Corsi of the Università degli Studi di Firenze. It would be of interest to those researching women in Italy for any historical period and as a source of secondary material.
This is the website of Unione Femminile Nazionale (National women's union), an association based in Milan that aims to promote and raise awareness of women's issues. Details of the Union's various archives, library, and activities are made available. There are descriptions of new additions to the library and of each of the Union's archives. These include the archive of Donna Woman Femme, which holds administrative documents of the important women's journal. The Matilde Bassani Finzi Foundation comprises of leaflets, diaries, and writings of the Jewish partisan. The Luisa Peroni Mattioli Foundation's archive presents documents relating to the administrative activities of Italy's first female magistrate. Other archives are also available at the Union for consultation by appointment. The Union's own archive contains important documents on Italian and international suffragism and women's history. The Union published a journal between 1901 and 1905 and this site includes a link to online facsimiles of each edition. A brief history of the Union is included, as are links to other associations dealing with women's issues. The Union was established in 1899. This resource would be of use as a starting point for further research into Italian feminism, women's studies, or the individual female figures featured.