The aim of this paper is to analyze the Italian crime tv series Imma Tataranni – Sostituto Procuratore and its eponymous character, focusing on how she embodies a new model for representing middle-aged women and their romantic and sexual desires. Imma Tataranni is a mature woman who embarks on a romantic relationship with a younger man, thus challenging the stereotypes commonly associated with women’s aging and loss of sextual appetites. As we will highlight making a comparison between Imma Tataranni and Commissario Salvo Montalbano, while for middle-aged men is quite usual to start a liaison with younger women, the reverse in not true. Although this “double standard of aging”, as Susan Sontag (1972) called it, has fostered the representation of aged women having a relationship with young men as motherly or devilish figures, Imma refuses to be pigeonholed into these two models. The paper will explore how she presents herself as a desiring subject and to what extent, even if she suffers the pressure of strong cultural stereotypes that bring her back to the domestic space.

Imma Tataranni e l’amore transgenerazionale. La rappresentazione della sessualità femminile in età matura nella serialità televisiva italiana

Sara Casoli
2021

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyze the Italian crime tv series Imma Tataranni – Sostituto Procuratore and its eponymous character, focusing on how she embodies a new model for representing middle-aged women and their romantic and sexual desires. Imma Tataranni is a mature woman who embarks on a romantic relationship with a younger man, thus challenging the stereotypes commonly associated with women’s aging and loss of sextual appetites. As we will highlight making a comparison between Imma Tataranni and Commissario Salvo Montalbano, while for middle-aged men is quite usual to start a liaison with younger women, the reverse in not true. Although this “double standard of aging”, as Susan Sontag (1972) called it, has fostered the representation of aged women having a relationship with young men as motherly or devilish figures, Imma refuses to be pigeonholed into these two models. The paper will explore how she presents herself as a desiring subject and to what extent, even if she suffers the pressure of strong cultural stereotypes that bring her back to the domestic space.
2021
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