The Boundaries of Eros: Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice

The Boundaries of Eros: Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice

by Guido Ruggiero
     
 

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Using the records of several Venetian courts that dealt with sex crimes, the author traces the evolution of both licit and illicit sexuality during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. By studying illicit sexuality, Professor Ruggiero anllows the reader to understand more fully the institutions, languages, social life, and values not only of this shadow-culture,

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Using the records of several Venetian courts that dealt with sex crimes, the author traces the evolution of both licit and illicit sexuality during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. By studying illicit sexuality, Professor Ruggiero anllows the reader to understand more fully the institutions, languages, social life, and values not only of this shadow-culture, but also of Venetian society and, ultimately the Renaissance itself.

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"Extremely welcome for its systematic attempt to squeeze information about changing attitudes to sexuality from the judicial records."—The London Review of Books

"As full a picture as can be constructed from the scraps of legal and other documents which reveal the Venetian attitudes towards women and sexuality, sex crime and sexual deviance in the Renaissance."—Chronique

"[An] excellent case history."—Sex Roles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195365252
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/07/1985
Series:
Studies in the History of Sexuality
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
571 KB

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