Elena Basilio

Department: Modern Languages
Discipline: Modern Languages
Research Centre/Unit: Italian

Project Summary

The aim of my PhD project is to understand the role played by translation in the diffusion of Anglo-American feminist ideas in the Italian feminist movement and to study the criteria used in the translation of feminist texts from English into Italian.

The ‘70s were a particularly inspiring decade for feminist publications in Italy, often characterized by the presence of articles written by English or American feminists and translated into Italian. In my research I will focus on Donne è bello, a selection of texts written by the most prominent international feminists, and translated into Italian in 1972 by Serena Castaldi, the founder of the Milanese collective Anabasi. My analysis of this publication aims to understand the similarities and differences between Anglo-American and Italian feminism and to assess the impact of these translations on the Italian movement.