The Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy
  • The Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy
  • The Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy

The Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy

by Sara F. Matthews-Grieco
     
 

Concentrating largely on the 'middle ranks' of society in Renaissance Italy - artisans, merchants, and professionals such as bankers and lawyers - this book focuses on new social subjects, new documents and unusual objects. Using innovative methods of inquiry and interdisciplinary analytical tools, contributors explore a little-known but pervasive erotic culture in

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Concentrating largely on the 'middle ranks' of society in Renaissance Italy - artisans, merchants, and professionals such as bankers and lawyers - this book focuses on new social subjects, new documents and unusual objects. Using innovative methods of inquiry and interdisciplinary analytical tools, contributors explore a little-known but pervasive erotic culture in which sexually explicit artefacts, games and gestures were considered essential to a number of rituals and social occasions. At the same time, they demonstrate how a burgeoning market for erotica, along with a cultural tradition of allusion and innuendo, played an increasingly important role in the Italian peninsula between the fifteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754662143
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Introduction Hunting for birds in the Italian Renaissance Guido Ruggiero Ruggiero, Guido 1

Pt. I Visual testimony and verbal games

1 Satyrs and sausages: erotic strategies and the print market in Cinquecento Italy Sara F. Matthews-Grieco Matthews-Grieco, Sara F. 19

2 The erotic fantasies of a model clerk: amateur pornography at the beginning of the Cinquecento Guido A. Guerzoni Guerzoni, Guido A. 61

3 From roosters to cocks: Italian Renaissance fowl and sexuality Allen J. Grieco Grieco, Allen J. 89

4 'The spirit is ready, but the flesh is tired': erotic objects and marriage in early modern Italy Marta Ajmar-Wollheim Ajmar-Wollheim, Marta 141

Pt. II Ritual eroticism and sociability

5 Public display of affection: the making of marriage in the Venetian courts before the Council of Trent (1420-1545) Cecilia Cristellon Cristellon, Cecilia 173

6 Mail humour and male sociability: sexual innuendo in the epistolary domain of Francesco II Gonzaga Molly Bourne Bourne, Molly 199

7 Unlocking the gates of chastity: music and the erotic in the domestic sphere in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy Flora Dennis Dennis, Flora 223

8 Courtesan culture: manhood, honour and sociability Tessa Storey Storey, Tessa 247

Index 275

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