Moderata Fonte: Women and Life in Sixteenth-Century Venice

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What did it mean to be a woman in sixteenth-century Venice? How did women impact the everyday life of this brilliant, festive, but essentially patriarchical city? How did an educated, sensitive, and intelligent woman writer of the Venetian citizen class treat the question of gender relationships and of women's place in society? These questions are at the center of this volume, which explores the role of Venetian women in sixteenth-century culture as well as the contribution of the writer Moderata Fonte to the ...
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Overview

What did it mean to be a woman in sixteenth-century Venice? How did women impact the everyday life of this brilliant, festive, but essentially patriarchical city? How did an educated, sensitive, and intelligent woman writer of the Venetian citizen class treat the question of gender relationships and of women's place in society? These questions are at the center of this volume, which explores the role of Venetian women in sixteenth-century culture as well as the contribution of the writer Moderata Fonte to the centuries-old "war of the sexes."
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Meet the Author

Paola Malpezzi Price was born in Italy,where she received most of her education. She first came to the United States as an American Field Service exchange student and later pursued her doctorate in this country. She holds a PhD in Romance Languages, with specialization in French and Italian literatures of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance from the University of Oregon. She has published several articles and book chapters on Christine de Pizan, Isabella di Morra,Chiara Matraini, Moderata Fonte, Lucrezia Marinella, and Fausta Cialente. She currently teaches at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she chairs The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She and her husband have two daughters and run a bicycling and walking company in Europe and in Central and South America.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 13
Pt. I The Woman, the Writer, and the City
1 Moderate Fonte: Her Life and Works 27
2 Growing Up Female and Literate in Sixteenth-Century Venice 40
3 Cultural and Social Life in Sixteenth-Century Venice 51
4 The Myth of Venice and Sixteenth-Century Women 85
Pt. II Moderata Fonte's Defense of Women
5 The Woman Warrior 101
6 The Enchantress or the Rewriting of the Myth of Circe 113
7 Rhetorical Strategies in Two Dialogues of the Italian Cinquecento 122
8 A Woman's Discourse in the Early Modern Period 132
Notes 150
Works Cited 159
Index 170
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