Sant’Elena: nel segno della croce

Tempo di lettura: 10 minuti La laguna veneziana è un luogo che è sempre stato in movimento, se così si può dire: nel corso dei secoli ha perennemente subito da un lato le variazioni croniche dell’ecosistema della gronda lagunare, dall’altro gli uomini che l’hanno abitata l’hanno trasformata in molteplici modi. Se è risaputo che furono numerosi i monasteri delle varie isole o delle propaggini lagunari … Continua a leggere Sant’Elena: nel segno della croce

Lettera a Queenie

Cara Queenie, Cari collegiali ed ex collegiali, Non so bene a chi sia rivolta questa lettera. Avrei voglia di parlare a Queenie, ma anche a voi. Condividere i ricordi che ho di lei, di te con gli altri. E così, fare in modo che tanti altri ricordi che anche voi avete con lei possano riaffiorare, tutti a catena, come se lanciassimo sassolini sull’acqua della laguna … Continua a leggere Lettera a Queenie

Negotiating with Tradition: Female Homosexuality in Fire (Deepa Mehta, 1996)  

estimated reading time: 8 minutes Fire: women as authors and protagonists  Fire (1996) is a film by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, the first piece of her Elements trilogy, composed by two other features: Earth (1998) and Water (2005). The movie stars major  actresses Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, both with a career in parallel India cinema. In particular, Azmi had already won four National Film … Continua a leggere Negotiating with Tradition: Female Homosexuality in Fire (Deepa Mehta, 1996)  

Outlining a feminist narrative: The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Hou Hsiao-hsien attempt to the wuxia genre The Assassin (2015) is Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s latest feature and first attempt at the wuxia genre. The movie is a joint Taiwan-Hong Kong production whose female protagonist is played by actress Shu Qi, at her third collaboration with the director. Her male counterpart is interpreted by international movie star Chang Chen, already … Continua a leggere Outlining a feminist narrative: The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)

A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights? The case of the Ogaden War (part II)

Estimating reading time: 8 minutes 4. A Fundamental Tenet of US Foreign Policy? Even though the complex and cautious approach to the Ethio-Somali conflict seemed to depict the Carter administration’s recurrence to traditional Cold War policies, we believe that the President’s commitment to human rights was simultaneously sincere and of no secondary relevance. If, on the one hand, the US administration was trying to interpret … Continua a leggere A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights? The case of the Ogaden War (part II)

A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights?  The case of the Ogaden War (part I)

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes 1. Introduction   According to Nancy Mitchell, Jimmy Carter “was a complex man who led the United States  in a complex era.”1 We believe that the complexity of Carter’s presidency, embodied in the simultaneous juxtaposition of a “desire to move beyond the Cold War”2 and the “failure to establish well-defined parameters for superpower behavior in the Third World”3 which influenced  “rising Cold War … Continua a leggere A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights?  The case of the Ogaden War (part I)