Parution : Meredith K. Ray et Lynn Lara Westwater (dir.), “Gendering the Renaissance Text and Context in Early Modern Italy”, Harrogate, Combined Academic Publishers, 2023

The essays in this volume revisit the Italian Renaissance to rethink spaces thought to be defined and certain: from the social spaces of convent, court, or home, to the literary spaces of established genres such as religious plays or epic poetry. Repopulating these spaces with the women who occupied them but have often been elided in the historical record, the essays also remind us to ask what might obscure our view of texts and archives, what has remained marginal in the texts and contexts of early modern Italy and why. The contributors, suggesting new ways of interrogating gendered discourses of genre, identities, and sanctity, offer a complex picture of gender in early modern Italian literature and culture. Read in dialogue with one another, their pieces provide a fascinating survey of currents in gender studies and early modern Italian studies and point to exciting future directions in these fields.


Introduction: Beyond the Wall: Gender as Nexus
in Renaissance Italy
Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater

Part I Gendering Genre

1 Widows, Lament, and Ottoman Anxieties in Renaissance Florence
Anna Wainwright

2 Unhappily Ever After: Moderata Fonte’s Fairy Tale
Suzanne Magnanini

3 Amerigo Vespucci and African Amazons: Reinventing Italian
Exploration in Baroque Epic Poetry
Nathalie Hester

Part II Gendering Identities

4 The Princess Nun: The Familiar Letters of Suor Eleonora d’Este
(1515–1575), Daughter of Lucrezia Borgia
Gabriella Zarri (translated by Giuseppe Bruno-Chomin)

5 A Christian Romance for Married Women: Marriage, Female
Spirituality, and the Pursuit of Saintliness in Antonia Pulci’s
Rappresentazione di Santa Guglielma
Emanuela Zanotti Carney

6 Maestre Pie Venerini and Filippini: Instituting Public Education
for Women in Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century Lazio
Jennifer Haraguchi

Part III Gendering Sanctity

7 The State of Grace in the Libro del Cortegiano
Michael Sherberg

8 Singing Women, Saint Cecilia, and Self-Fashioning
in Seventeenth-Century Rome
Courtney Quaintance

9 “Polemics That Might Seem Spiteful in Heaven”: Female
Spiritual Authority in Arcangela Tarabotti’s Paradiso Monacale
Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater




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Fiammetta Campagnoli (2023, 16 novembre). Parution : Meredith K. Ray et Lynn Lara Westwater (dir.), “Gendering the Renaissance Text and Context in Early Modern Italy”, Harrogate, Combined Academic Publishers, 2023. Centre d'Histoire de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 1 mars 2024, à l’adresse

Fiammetta Campagnoli

Fiammetta Campagnoli est doctorante en histoire de l'art moderne à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches se concentrent sur la perception et sur la réception de la spatialité de l’image mariale au XVe et au XVIe siècle.

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