Women's Writing in Italy, 1400-1650

Women's Writing in Italy, 1400-1650

by Virginia Cox

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801888199
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 06/16/2008
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Virginia Cox is a professor of Italian at New York University and author of The Renaissance Dialogue: Literary Dialogue in Its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo and coeditor of The Rhetoric of Cicero in Its Medieval and Early Renaissance Commentary Tradition. She is also editor and translator of Moderata Fonte, The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men, and coeditor and translator of Maddalena Campiglia, Flori, A Pastoral Drama.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Origins (1400-1500)     1
The "Learned Lady" in Quattrocento Italy: An Emerging Cultural Type     2
The "Learned Lady" in Theory: Models of Gender Conduct and Their Contexts     17
The "Learned Lady" as Signifier in Humanistic Culture     28
Renaissance Particularism and the "Learned Lady"     34
Translation (1490-1550)     37
Women, the Courts, and the Vernacular in the Early Sixteenth Century     38
Sappho Surfaces: The First Female Vernacular Poets     45
Bembo, Petrarchism, and the Reform of Italian Literature     53
"So Dear to Apollo": Veronica Gambara and Vittoria Colonna after 1530     64
Founding Mothers, First Ladies: Gambara and Colonna as Models and Icons     76
Diffusion (1540-1560)     80
Manuscript and Print in the "Age of the Council of Trent"     80
Virtu Rewarded: The Contexts of Women's Writing     91
Women Writers and Their Uses: Case Studies     99
Literary Trajectories: Continuity and Change     108
Women Writers and the Paradox of the Pedestal     118
Intermezzo (1560-1580)     121
Affirmation (1580-1620)     131
Women's Writing in the Age of theCounter-Reformation     131
Chivalry Undimmed: The Contexts of Women's Writing     138
A Literature of Their Own? Writing, Ownership, Assertion     149
The Twilight of Gallantry     163
Backlash (1590-1650)     166
The Rebirth of Misogyny in Seicento Italy     166
Misogyny and the Woman Writer: The Redomestication of Female Virtu     195
Women's Writing in Seicento Italy: Decline and Fall     204
Coda     228
Published Writings by Italian Women, Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries     235
Dedications of Published Works by Women     247
Notes     255
Bibliography     377
Index     447

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Laura Giannetti

This is not only an original and substantial contribution to the field of Italian Renaissance Literature, but it will be for years to come the indispensable reference work for anyone working on Italian women writers' contribution to the literary and cultural history of the period.

Deanna Shemek

Virginia Cox's Women's Writing in Italy, 1400–1650 is the most substantive study written to date on the relations between Italian humanism and the emergence of the female intellectual. Cox's knowledge of the period is deep, her readings refreshingly independent. Authoritative, wide-ranging, and persuasive, this book sets a new benchmark for scholarship on early modern women's writings.

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