© 2015

Italian Sexualities Uncovered, 1789–1914


Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History Series book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Valeria P. Babini, Chiara Beccalossi, Lucy Riall
      Pages 1-11
  3. Sexuality, Politics and Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Lucy Riall
      Pages 37-56
  4. Sexuality, Classes and Social Groups

  5. Women between the Public and the Private

  6. Same-Sex Desires

  7. Marriages and Sexuality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249

About this book


Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, this volume explores nineteenth-century Italian sexualities from a variety of viewpoints, illuminating in particular personal and political relationships, same-sex desires, gender roles that defy societal norms, sexual behaviours of different classes and transnational encounters.


History of sexuality nineteenth-century Italy marriage family homosexuality gender Italy oral discourse women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BolognaItaly
  2. 2.Oxford Brookes UniversityUK
  3. 3.Birkbeck, University of LondonUK
  4. 4.European University InstituteItaly

About the authors

Ross Balzaretti, University of Nottingham, UK Roberto Bizzocchi, University of Pisa, Italy Sean Brady, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK Paola Carlucci, Università per Stranieri, Siena, Italy Silvia Chiletti, Centre Alexandre Koyré Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris, France Pietro Gibellini, Ca' Foscari University, Italy Katharine Mitchell, University of Strathclyde, UK Mark Seymour, University of Otago, New Zealand Linda Reeder, University of Missouri, USA Edoardo Ripari PhD, author of studies about Italian literary civilization between the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries. Charlotte Ross, University of Birmingham, UK

Bibliographic information


“Italian Sexualities Uncovered presents a series of innovative essays on both hetero- and homosexuality among women and men during the long nineteenth century. … Babini, Beccalossi, and Riall are to be commended for putting together such a rich and varied collection of essays. … As a pioneering model for subsequent research, Italian Sexualities Uncovered constitutes an essential step toward the incorporation of sexuality into the larger narrative of modern Italian history.” (Mary Gibson, Modern Italy, Vol. 21 (2), May, 2016)