The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series) / Edition 1

The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series) / Edition 1

by Lucrezia Marinella
     
 

A gifted poet, a women's rights activist, and an expert on moral and natural philosophy, Lucrezia Marinella (1571-1653) was known throughout Italy as the leading female intellectual of her age. Born into a family of Venetian physicians, she was encouraged to study, and, fortunately, she did not share the fate of many of her female contemporaries, who were forced to

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A gifted poet, a women's rights activist, and an expert on moral and natural philosophy, Lucrezia Marinella (1571-1653) was known throughout Italy as the leading female intellectual of her age. Born into a family of Venetian physicians, she was encouraged to study, and, fortunately, she did not share the fate of many of her female contemporaries, who were forced to join convents or were pressured to marry early. Marinella enjoyed a long literary career, writing mainly religious, epic, and pastoral poetry, and biographies of famous women in both verse and prose.

Marinella's masterpiece, The Nobility and Excellence of Women, and the Defects and Vices of Men was first published in 1600, composed at a furious pace in answer to Giusepe Passi's diatribe about women's alleged defects. This polemic displays Marinella's vast knowledge of the Italian poetic tradition and demonstrates her ability to argue against authors of the misogynist tradition from Boccaccio to Torquato Tasso. Trying to effect real social change, Marinella argued that morally, intellectually, and in many other ways, women are superior to men.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226505466
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Series:
The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Translation1
Pt. IThe Nobility and Excellence of Women43
Ch. IOn the Nobility of the Names Given to the Female Sex45
Ch. IIThe Causes That Produce Women52
Ch. IIIOf the Nature and Essence of the Female Sex55
Ch. IVThe Reasons for Men's Noble Treatment of Women and the Things They Say about Women69
Ch. VOf Women's Noble Actions and Virtues, Which Greatly Surpass Men's, as Will Be Proved by Reasoning and Example77
Ch. VIA Reply to the Flippant and Vain Reasoning Adopted by Men in Their Own Favor119
Pt. IIThe Defects of Vices of Men147
Ch. IVOf Wrathful, Eccentric, and Brutal Men149
Ch. XIIOf Obstinate and Pertinacious Men155
Ch. XIIIOf Ungrateful and Discourteous Men156
Ch. XIVOf Fickle, Inconstant Men160
Ch. XVOf Evil Men Who Hate Others Easily164
Ch. XXIIMen Who Are Ornate, Polished, Painted, and Bleached166
Ch. XXXOf Men Who Kill Their Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and Grandchildren176
Bibliography185
Index191

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