by Porpora Marcasciano
translated by Francesco Pascuzzi and Sandra Waters
foreword by Sara Galli and Mohammad Javad Jamali
Rutgers University Press, 2024
eISBN: 978-1-9788-3581-8 | Paper: 978-1-9788-3578-8 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-3579-5
Library of Congress Classification HQ77.8.M36A3 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.768092

In this stirring memoir by a member of the first generation of LGBTQ+ activists in Italy, Porpora Marcasciano tells her story and shares the struggles and accomplishments of her fellow activists who achieved so much in the 1970s yet suffered devastating losses during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. AntoloGaia offers an insider’s look at the beginnings of the gay liberation movement in Italy and reveals how it was intimately intertwined with other forms of left-wing activism. At the same time, it powerfully conveys the queer joy of a young person from a small village first encountering the vibrant sexual minority communities of Naples, Bologna, and Rome. As Marcasciano starts to embrace her trans identity, she meets the famous anthropologist Pino Simonelli, who introduces her to Naples’s unique femminielli subculture and gives her the name Porporino, which she later shortens to Porpora. In keeping with this story of gender, sexual, and political discovery, AntoloGaia is the first piece of Italian life-writing to use gender-neutral and mixed-gender language.


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