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Laboratoire italien. Politique et société, n°28/2022

"Un roman de formation collectif". Les revues féministes en Italie des années 1970 à nos jours

Edited by Marie Fabre, Corinne Manchio, Béatrice Manetti, Francesca Irene Sensini

Laboratoire italien

"A collective Bildungsroman". Feminist magazines in Italy from the 1970s to the present day

Since the 1970s, the feminist movement has used magazines not only as a means of expression and theoretical production, but also as forums for activism, for evaluating relations between women and testing new political practices. Over the years, production and publishing methods have changed along with the relationship which the magazine has with readers. Nowadays, more than any other archive material, magazines function as a special observatory for tracing the transformations of Italian feminisms from the last thirty years of the 20th century to the present day. This issue of Laboratoire italien follows a previous one devoted to the Voices and Paths of Feminism in Women's Magazines (1870-1970). It provides an initial appraisal—with no claim to be exhaustive—of the multifaceted editorial output of the Italian feminist movement through its different stages: from the experimental momentum of the 1970s to the intensification of theoretical discussion and cultural production in the following decade, and then on to the digital turn of the new millennium and the transnational dimension of contemporary feminisms.