Chaste thinking: the rape of Lucretia and the birth of humanism
"A strikingly original and provocative critical interpretation of the ideology of early Florentine humanism." -- Margaret W. Ferguson
"... provocative, innovative, and eloquently written... " -- Rocky Mountain Review
"... provocative and fascinating... " -- Seventeenth-Century News
"This book is boldly and originally conceived... " -- Comparative Literature Studies
Jed analyzes the historiographic myth of the rape of Lucretia and shows how its refiguration by the humanist Salutati reveals the rhetorical and ideological relationship between sexual violence and humanistic discourse.