gender identity; stereotypical masculine pattern; homosexuality; Italian modern literature
Romanica Silesiana, No. 8, t. 2 (2013), s. 132-144
Gabriele, the main character of the novel by Nicola Lecca, discovers within himself a homosexual
inclination which doesn’t conform to a traditional masculinity. Thus, it causes identity crisis.
The protagonist carries out an obsessive auto analysis. He tries to represent self-discipline. This
should lead him to regain confidence and social assimilation. The Article shows three stages,
which Gabriele goes through: the ideal type of masculinity, the protest period and the discovery
of his real identity. All three describe a subordination, an attempt to get the autonomy back and
the awareness of freedom. This process was analysed in a range of few components: the main
character’s space, his social relations, his homosexual experience, judging his own body, the
emotional conflict between trying to be perfect, low self-esteem and the act of writing. Nicola
Lecca’s text may be read as a voice in discussion about stereotypical masculine pattern which in
this case is questioned.