Moderata Fonte: Women and Life in Sixteenth-century Venice

Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2003 - 175 Seiten
What did it mean to be a woman in sixteenth-century Venice? How did women impact the everyday life of this brilliant, festive, but essentially patriarchal city? How did an educated, sensitive, and intelligent woman writer of the Venetian citizen class treat the question of gender relationships and of women's place in society? These questions are at the center of this volume, which explores the role of Venetian women in sixteenth-century culture as well as the contribution of the writer Moderata Fonte to the centuries-old war of the sexes.

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Moderata Fonte Her Life and Works
Growing Up Female and Literate in SixteenthCentury Venice
Cultural and Social Life in SixteenthCentury Venice
The Myth of Venice and SixteenthCentury Women
The Woman Warrior
The Enchantress or the Rewriting of the Myth of Circe
Rhetorical Strategies in Two Dialogues of the Italian Cinquecento
A Womans Discourse in the Early Modern Period
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Seite 20 - Europe, defining feminist consciousness as: the awareness of women that they belong to a subordinate group: that they have suffered wrongs as a group: that their condition of subordination is not natural, but is societally determined; that they must join with other women to remedy these wrongs; and finally, that they must and can provide an alternate vision of societal organization in which women as well as men will enjoy autonomy and self-determination.
Seite 16 - I tell you again - and don't doubt the contrary - if it were customary to send daughters to school like sons, and if they were then taught the natural sciences, they would learn as thoroughly and understand the subtleties of all the arts and sciences as well as sons.
Seite 15 - ... great understanding, so clear-sighted in all things, as it seemed — could have spoken falsely on so many occasions that I could hardly find a book on morals where, even before I had read it in its entirety, I did not find several chapters or certain sections attacking women, no matter who the author was.
Seite 14 - Artemisia, what can we think except that it was an error of Nature to give female sex to a body which had been endowed by God with a magnificent and virile spirit?
Seite 17 - There are already so many women in the world! Why then . . . was I born a woman, to be scorned by men in words and deeds? I ask myself this question in solitude.
Seite 15 - I still argued vehemently against women, saying that it would be impossible that so many famous men - such solemn scholars, possessed of such deep and 252 great understanding, so clear-sighted in all things, as it seemed - could have spoken falsely on so many occasions...

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