The Future of the World Is Open examines the work and thought of three prominent Italian feminist philosophers, Lea Melandri, Luisa Muraro, and Adriana Cavarero, as it delves into the significant experiences that shaped them, highlighting their converging and diverging positions. Also appearing here for the first time in English translation are three essays by renowned author, journalist, and political figure Rossana Rossanda. Rossanda's essays offer a critical perspective on some of the contentious theoretical nodes with which Italian feminist thought has wrestled. Written in terse and engaging language, this book explores challenging philosophical and political questions, with themes including masculine domination; the body as the site of sedimented lived experience; sexual difference; the symbolic; the imaginary; feminine political authority; feminine subjectivity; and material humanism. A vivid picture of the socio-political context of Italian feminism emerges--illuminating its strong commitment to practice--and informing and enriching contemporary discussions at the intersection of different disciplinary perspectives.
About the Author
Elvira Roncalli is Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College. She is the coeditor (with Silvia Benso) of Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers: Stretching the Art of Thinking, also published by SUNY Press.