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  /    /  Rethinking Medusa and Other Women’s Stories

Rethinking Medusa and Other Women’s Stories

Research Project

The polymorphic nature of children’s literature establishes a close contact with gender studies. In this perspective, it is possible to investigate key female figures, rethinking their experiences and lives as women in order to disrupt the stereotypes they have taken root in society. Medusa is emblematic of this approach: despite the fact she is a victim of sexual abuse, in the Greek myth and in its retellings she become a terrible monster.

This research project aims to enhance a pedagogical reflection on gender equality and inclusion, promoting female empowerment against gender stereotypes and fostering a culture of respect between men and women.


women’s lives, empowerment, gender equality, next generation, inclusive culture, disruptive stereotypes



Campagnaro, M. (2021). Clothing the Child in Red: A Historical and Comparative Analysis of Italian Visual Retellings of the Grimms’ “Little Red Riding HoodStrenæ, (18).

Malpezzi, C. (2020). What food do we feed girls as artists upon? Food, artistic and gender equality in children’s literature. Ars educandi, 17 (17), 89-104.

Campagnaro, M. (2019). Sull’abitare. Geografie domestiche e visioni di “genere” nei libri per l’infanzia dagli anni Sessanta ad oggi. In G. Zago, C. Callegari & M. Campagnaro (Eds.), La casa. Figure, modelli e visioni nella letteratura per l’infanzia dal Novecento ad oggi (pp. 79-108). Lecce: Pensa MultiMedia. ISBN: 978-88-6760-683-2.

Campagnaro, M. (2017). Chiara Carrer e il “senso” del femminile nella fiaba contemporanea. In M. Campagnaro, Il cacciatore di pieghe. Figure e tendenze nella letteratura per l’infanzia contemporanea (pp. 55-78). Lecce: Pensa Multimedia.

Campagnaro, M. (2017). La sindrome di Medusa. Educazione sentimentale e adolescenti. In M. Campagnaro, Il cacciatore di pieghe. Figure e tendenze nella letteratura per l’infanzia contemporanea (pp. 97-120). Lecce: Pensa Multimedia.

Campagnaro, M. (2012). Storie di donne scritte da donne. La proposta iconica di Chiara Carrer. In S. Chemotti (Ed.) Le graphie della cicogna. La scrittura delle donne come ri-velazione (pp. 393-414). Padova: Il Poligrafo. ISBN: 978-88-7115-775-7.


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