Queer Ventennio

Examining the life and work of three Italian artists of the fascist years – writer Giovanni Comisso; poet and painter Filippo de Pisis; painter Corrado Cagli – Queer Ventennio explores the competing ways in which male homoeroticism was understood in Italy in the years between the world wars. Seeking to interrupt the narrative that understands “our” modern sexuality as a historical shift from a concern with acts to identities, it examines the ways in which these artists turned to myth and the classical past to understand their erotic attachments to other men. The fact that fascism also turned to the past for inspiration complicates attempts to identify an Italian fascist aesthetic and reminds us that modernism itself was haunted by a variety of investments in the so-called primitive.
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Queer Ventennio

Examining the life and work of three Italian artists of the fascist years – writer Giovanni Comisso; poet and painter Filippo de Pisis; painter Corrado Cagli – Queer Ventennio explores the competing ways in which male homoeroticism was understood in Italy in the years between the world wars. Seeking to interrupt the narrative that understands “our” modern sexuality as a historical shift from a concern with acts to identities, it examines the ways in which these artists turned to myth and the classical past to understand their erotic attachments to other men. The fact that fascism also turned to the past for inspiration complicates attempts to identify an Italian fascist aesthetic and reminds us that modernism itself was haunted by a variety of investments in the so-called primitive.

Published Works

In addition to two novels and four scholarly monographs, Champagne has published academic essays, personal narrative, and poems in both anthologies and literary and scholarly journals.

Reviews & Citations

Champagne’s work has been reviewed in such venues as TLS, Modernism/modernity, and gender/sexuality/Italy. For a list of Champagne’s citations, see the complete Google Scholar page.

Books and Novels

Queer Ventennio

2019

Italian Masculinity as Queer Meolodrama

2015

Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy

2012

The Ethics of Marginality

1995

When the Parrot Boy Sings

1990

The Blue Ladys Hands

1988