- By Maria Rosa Cutrufelli

In the Forbidden City: An Anthology of Erotic Fiction by Italian Women

  • Title: In the Forbidden City: An Anthology of Erotic Fiction by Italian Women
  • Author: Maria Rosa Cutrufelli
  • ISBN: 9780226132242
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the Forbidden City An Anthology of Erotic Fiction by Italian Women For centuries the stereotypical image of the voluptuous Italian woman has functioned as an object of desire for Western man from sixteenth century paintings of Venetian courtesans who modeled for the

    For centuries, the stereotypical image of the voluptuous Italian woman has functioned as an object of desire for Western man from sixteenth century paintings of Venetian courtesans who modeled for the erotically charged canvases of Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto, to nineteenth century reports of the beautiful dancer Marie Taglioni, to the twentieth century cinematic imaFor centuries, the stereotypical image of the voluptuous Italian woman has functioned as an object of desire for Western man from sixteenth century paintings of Venetian courtesans who modeled for the erotically charged canvases of Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto, to nineteenth century reports of the beautiful dancer Marie Taglioni, to the twentieth century cinematic images of Sophia Loren and Dominique Sanda.Now Italian women have turned the tables With In the Forbidden City, translated from the Italian, acclaimed novelist Maria Rosa Cutrufelli brings together fourteen short erotic stories by contemporary Italian women writers Well established voices are juxtaposed with new ones traditional forms provide a contrast with the experimental In Sandra Petrignani s dialogue Body a women and a former lover engage in a heady debate about desire and indifference Margherita Ciacobino delivers a tale of lesbian desire, a theme uncommon in Italian literature Dacia Maraini writes on the literature of eroticism penned by women writers that ingeniously manages to be erotic in its own right and Rossana Campo, in one of the most entertaining entries, offers a hip rattling tri logue on love voiced by some super cool adolescents In her introduction, Cutrufelli draws in even writers such as Jean Baudrillard, Angela Carter, and Georges Bataille in her introductory essay on the theoretical issues of desire and seduction.Now finally available to English readers, In the Forbidden City constitutes a breakthrough volume in literary erotica by Italian women that is both profound and engaging.

    1 thought on “In the Forbidden City: An Anthology of Erotic Fiction by Italian Women

    1. Yet another book that defies star ratings. This anthology was actually quite good, just not for me. I feel like the star ratings here are more to do with how you as a reader feel about a book, though, and I just did not enjoy this.Maybe it's a cultural barrier. Pretty much every story in this book is about bad things happening. Bad sex, or sex that has terrible consequences. All the authors are skilled, so from a literary standpoint it's a solid collection (five stars!). From a "I feel good read [...]

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