Wings for Our Courage: Gender, Erudition, and Republican Thought

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On January 6, 1537, Lorenzino de’ Medici murdered Alessandro de’ Medici, the duke of Florence. This episode is significant in literature and drama, in Florentine history, and in the history of republican thought, because Lorenzino, a classical scholar, fashioned himself after Brutus as a republican tyrant-slayer. Wings for Our Courage offers an epistemological critique of this republican politics, its invisible oppressions, and its power by reorganizing the meaning of Lorenzino’s assassination around issues of ...
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Overview


On January 6, 1537, Lorenzino de’ Medici murdered Alessandro de’ Medici, the duke of Florence. This episode is significant in literature and drama, in Florentine history, and in the history of republican thought, because Lorenzino, a classical scholar, fashioned himself after Brutus as a republican tyrant-slayer. Wings for Our Courage offers an epistemological critique of this republican politics, its invisible oppressions, and its power by reorganizing the meaning of Lorenzino’s assassination around issues of gender, the body, and political subjectivity. Stephanie H. Jed brings into brilliant conversation figures including the Venetian nun and political theorist Archangela Tarabotti, the French feminist writer Hortense Allart, and others in a study that closely examines the material bases—manuscripts, letters, books, archives, and bodies—of writing as generators of social relations that organize and conserve knowledge in particular political arrangements. In her highly original study Jed reorganizes republicanism in history, providing a new theoretical framework for understanding the work of the scholar and the social structures of archives, libraries, and erudition in which she is inscribed.
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Editorial Reviews

Renaissance Qtly - Nicholas Scott Baker

“A thought provoking discussion about research practices . . . and the ways in which the organization and transmission of knowledge relate to social and political organizations and arrangements.”
Bibliotheque D'humanisme Et Renaissance

“Ingenious. . . . The whole book is deeply researched. It is extraordinarily well planned and executed. . . . [Jed] is to be warmly congratulated.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520267695
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2011
  • Series: FlashPoints
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephanie H. Jed is Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of Chaste Thinking: The Rape of Lucretia and the Birth of Humanism.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Section 1 Slaying the Tyrant, 1536-2011 23

Folder 1 The Republic of Letters: Its Fascist Legacy 30

Folder 2 Humanistic and Imperial Ambition 41

Folder 3 The Republic of Letters and Its Imperial Context 45

Folder 4 The Tyrant in the Field: Intelligence Gathering, Economy, and the Maintenance of Empire 50

Folder 5 The Politics and Economy of Grain 64

Folder 6 Sexual Politics and Imperial Documentation Projects 66

Folder 7 The (Com)passionate Hand 73

Social Intersection: 1565-1995, between Mexico City, the Mountains of Chiapas, Bologna, Friuli, and Los Angeles 79

Section 2 Wings for My Courage 84

Shelf List 1 Cataloguers, Compilers, and the State 87

Frapporsi 1 Claiming Space on the Shelf 90

Shelf List 2 Noses/Political Gnosis 91

Frapporsi 2 The Father's Nose (and Bowels): The Education of Sons and Daughters 93

Shelf List 3 Gender in the Public Library 94

Frapporsi 3 The Importance of Social Relations in Libraries to Investigations of Gender and History 95

Shelf List 4 Catalog, Capitalism, Spatial Arrangements 96

Frapporsi 4 Spatial and Temporal Location 100

Shelf List 5 Work Habits, Movements, Transcription 103

Frapporsi 5 Against Academic Arguments: Tarabotti and Mozzoni 106

Shelf List 6 Hands, Instruments of Writing 108

Frapporsi 6 Hands That Take Up the Pen in Specious Reasoning 110

Shelf List 7 Debauchery, Erudition 112

Frapporsi 7 The Bestiality and Deceit of Political Erudition 115

Shelf List 8 Daughters in the Order of Political Knowledge 116

Frapporsi 8 Tyranny (and Freedom) from the Daughter's Perspective 117

Shelf List 9 Bibliographic Categories and Armies of Nuns 119

Frapporsi 9 A Bibliographic Army of Nuns 123

Shelf List 10 The Librarian as Political Actor 123

Frapporsi 10 Women, Liberty, the State 126

Gender and the Library as Fictions of Research 129

Social Intersection: 1536-2011, between San Diego, Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence, and Paris 136

Section 3 Gender, Erudition, and the Italian Nation 140

Enter Allart 142

Lexicon 145

Allargare (and restringere) 145

Amazon 147

Archives 147

Body parts and intellect 149

Carraresi 152

Chinese 153

Coquetteries 153

Dominate 154

Dreams of the nation 156

Erudite relations 156

Fear 158

Filial relations 159

Florence 160

French lessons 160

Insults and compliments 161

Italy and Italian 163

Making scenes 163

Mixing 164

Organization/classification 164

Past and present 165

Placing copies of the Histoire de la république de Florence in Florence 168

Political relations with books 172

Preface 176

Process 176

Protection 176

Rules 176

Study as consolation 177

Translation 178

Tyranny 179

Vanity 180

What we share 180

Withholding 182

Women of Italy 182

Conclusion 183

Afterword 187

Appendix 191

Notes 201

Bibliography 261

Index 277

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