The fifth session of the Toronto Reading Group will be led by Corinn
Gerber, director of Art Metropole, and will focus upon the writing of the Milan
Women's Bookstore collective and their practice that did not call for equal
rights, but instead enabled a collectivity of difference. Gerber will take the
Milan Women's Bookstore collective material as a framework to think about the
theoretical and concrete ways of negotiating the 'battlefields of
subjectivities' and the importance of these texts to our contemporary context.
For this session the Teresa de Lauretis' text 'The Practice of
Sexual Difference and Feminist Thought in Italy' serves as a valuable
introduction to the socio-political context of the Milan Women's Bookstore
collective. We will also read a dialogue for multiple voices compiled and
written by Corinn Gerber that draws upon her own ongoing research into the
Milan Women’s Bookstore, featuring the voices of Inge Feltrinelli, Barbara
Villiger, Carla Lonzi, Lea Melandri, Fulvia Carnevale, and Sylvère Lotringer amongst others.