'Le traviate: suffering heroines and the Italian state between the 19th and 21st centuries'

Katharine Mitchell, Danielle Hipkins

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In this chapter we consider the relationship between what was considered the most successful operatic melodrama in the newly emer ging nation state of nineteenth - century Italy, Verdi’s La traviata , first performed in 1853, and a 2012 film addressing the theme of the suffering female and the doomed romantic relationship in the context of prostitution , Un giorno speciale (Francesca Comencini).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProstitution and Sex Work in Global Visual Media
Subtitle of host publicationNew Takes on Fallen Women
EditorsDanielle Hipkins, Kate Taylor
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017


  • prostitution
  • sex work
  • women
  • Italy

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