Luciana Castellina

Luciana Castellina (born 9 August 1929) is an Italian journalist, writer, politician, and feminist.[1][2]

Luciana Castellina
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Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
5 July 1976 – 1 July 1987
In office
23 April 1992 – 14 April 1994
Member of the European Parliament
In office
10 June 1979 – 13 June 1999
Personal details
Born (1929-08-09) 9 August 1929 (age 91)
Rome, Italy
Political partyPCI (1947–1970; 1984–1991)
PDUP (1974–1984)
PRC (1991–1996)
SEL (2015–2017)
SI (since 2017)
Spouse(s)Alfredo Reichlin
Alma materSapienza University of Rome
OccupationPolitician, journalist, writer


Luciana Castellina was born in Rome on 9 August 1929. She graduated in law from Sapienza University of Rome.

In 1947, she joined the Italian Communist Party. In 1974, she was co-founder of the Proletarian Unity Party for Communism. She served four terms in the Italian Chamber of Deputies and twenty years in the European Parliament. In the European parliament, she served as chair of the Committee on Culture, Youth, Education and the Media and of the Committee on External Economic Relations.[3][4][5]

She was president of Italia cinema, an agency to promote Italian films abroad, from 1998 to 2003.[3]

She served as editor of Nuova Generazione, a Communist youth magazine, and of Liberazione, and also played an important role at Il Manifesto.[5][2]

Castellina was named an Officier in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Comendadora (Commander) of the Republic of Argentina.[3]

With the 2015 presidential elections, Left Ecology Freedom supported Castellina's name as possible successor of Giorgio Napolitano as President of Italy. She has been supported for the first three ballots, until the party decided to support for the fourth ballot Sergio Mattarella who was later elected President.[6]

Personal LifeEdit

She has been married to communist leader Alfredo Reichlin. They had two children, Lucrezia and Pietro, both of them economists.

Selected books[3]Edit

  • Cinquant'anni d'Europa (2007)
  • Eurollywood, Il difficile ingresso della cultura nella costruzione dell'Europa (2008)
  • La scoperta del mondo, a finalist for the Strega Prize
  • Siberiana, won the Letterario Vallombrosa Prize in 2012
  • Guardati dalla mia fame (2014) with Milena Agus
  • Manuale antiretorico dell'Unione Europea (2016)


  1. ^ Bull, Anna Cento (2017). Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s. Routledge. p. 56.
  2. ^ a b Cornils, Ingo (2010). Memories of 1968: International Perspectives. Peter Lang. p. 354.
  3. ^ a b c d "Luciana Castellina" (in Spanish). Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.
  4. ^ "Luciana Castellina". European parliament MEPs.
  5. ^ a b Mulhern, Francis (2011). Lives on the Left: A Group Portrait. p. 150. ISBN 1844676994.
  6. ^ "Elezione Presidente della Repubblica: sì unanime del Pd a Mattarella. Berlusconi: "Riforme non vedranno luce"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2018.