Changing Emotional Landscapes? Grand Hotel and Representations of Love and Courtship in 1950s Italy

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Abstract

The popular Italian photo-romance magazine Grand Hotel – famed for its stories about love – is studied here as a kind of school for the emotions, in a society where social change was bringing about redefinitions of love, jealousy, courtship and marriage. Both the love stories and the advice columns of the magazine are closely examined for their representations and negotiations of changing gender codes and changing rituals and experiences of courtship, in the context of the rapidly modernizing society of the 1950s. Migration, the rise of mass media, consumerism and changing gender roles were transforming everyday life, with a particularly strong impact on the generation coming of age during this period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-306
Journalcultural and social history
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 01 May 2015

Keywords

  • courtship, love, post-war Italy, popular magazines, Grand Hotel

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