S. Mantini, Women's History in Italy: Cultural Itineraries and New Proposals in Current Historiographical TrendsOne of the first original historical works was Luisa Muraro's La Signora del Gioco (Woman of the game) (1976). What emerged from her study was attention to the category of subjectivity in historical analysis of facts and events that had been amply studied in the past. The author presented witchcraft not as a moment of inquisitorial penalization or class alienation, nor as ecclesiastic misogyny, but rather as history told from the point of view of the judged woman. In fact, many did not understand this message, and the witch became the emblem of militant feminism, a symbol of insurrection and alienation […]. However, a movement born out of themes of separation, self-consciousness, and autonomy could not have been satisfied by historians who did not accept fully the categories the movement imposed and who still pursued the recovery and thorough examination of women's place in the social and political processes of the past.
S. Mantini, Women's History in Italy: Cultural Itineraries and New Proposals in Current Historiographical Trends, «Journal of Women's History», 12 (2000) 170-98.