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

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Overview

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: 1/28/2000
  • Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Translation 1
Pt. I The Nobility and Excellence of Women 43
Ch. I On the Nobility of the Names Given to the Female Sex 45
Ch. II The Causes That Produce Women 52
Ch. III Of the Nature and Essence of the Female Sex 55
Ch. IV The Reasons for Men's Noble Treatment of Women and the Things They Say about Women 69
Ch. V Of Women's Noble Actions and Virtues, Which Greatly Surpass Men's, as Will Be Proved by Reasoning and Example 77
Ch. VI A Reply to the Flippant and Vain Reasoning Adopted by Men in Their Own Favor 119
Pt. II The Defects of Vices of Men 147
Ch. IV Of Wrathful, Eccentric, and Brutal Men 149
Ch. XII Of Obstinate and Pertinacious Men 155
Ch. XIII Of Ungrateful and Discourteous Men 156
Ch. XIV Of Fickle, Inconstant Men 160
Ch. XV Of Evil Men Who Hate Others Easily 164
Ch. XXII Men Who Are Ornate, Polished, Painted, and Bleached 166
Ch. XXX Of Men Who Kill Their Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and Grandchildren 176
Bibliography 185
Index 191
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