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Kissing the Wild Woman : Concepts of Art, Beauty, and the Italian Prose Romance in Giulia Bigolina's Urania - Christopher Nissen

Kissing the Wild Woman

Concepts of Art, Beauty, and the Italian Prose Romance in Giulia Bigolina's Urania

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2011
ISBN: 9781442643406
Number Of Pages: 336

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Giulia Bigolina's (ca. 1516-ca. 1569) Urania (ca. 1552) is the oldest known prose romance to have been written by an Italian woman. In Kissing the Wild Woman, Christopher Nissen explores the unique aesthetic vision and innovative narrative features of Bigolina's greatest surviving work, in which she fashioned a new type of narrative that combined elements of the romance and the novella and included a polemical treatise on the moral implications of portraiture and the role of women in the arts. Demonstrating that Bigolina challenged cultural authority by rejecting the prevailing views of both painting and literature, Nissen discusses Bigolina's suggestion that painting constituted an ineffectual, even immoral mode of self-promotion for women in relation to the views of the contemporary writer Pietro Aretino and the painter Titian. Kissing the Wild Woman's analysis of this little-known work adds a new dimension to the study of Renaissance aesthetics in relation to art history, Renaissance thought, women's studies, and Italian literature.

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'Nissen offers to the modern reader of Bigolina's Urania a comprehensive and erudite perspective on this author's place in literary history...This is a book that will be useful to scholars in all fields whose research depends on historicizing and theorizing genre, gender, and representation.' -- Stephanie Jed Renaissance Quarterly; vol 65:03:2012

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Reformation of the Prose Romancep. 11
Bigolina's Cultural Formationp. 11
Elements of the Prose Romancep. 17
The Plot and Characters of Uraniap. 23
The Prose Romance according to Boccacciop. 32
Urania in Its Literary Contextp. 43
Bigolina's Defence of Womenp. 52
Writing a Portraitp. 62
Bigolina and Aretinop. 62
Portraiture in Uraniap. 72
The Caricature of Titianp. 81
Of Mirrors, Istoria, and Women in the Artsp. 93
Ekphrasis and the Paragonep. 101
Ekphrasis in Western Literaturep. 101
Bigolina and the Paragonep. 109
The Judgment of Parisp. 112
Descriptio Mulierisp. 124
Bigolina's Two Venusesp. 137
The Book as Objectp. 140
The Sight of the Beautifulp. 144
Beauty and the Senses in Uraniap. 144
Sight in the Doctrines of Lovep. 152
The Body and the Gaze in the Artsp. 175
The Woman's Portrait as Giftp. 184
Kissing the Wild Womanp. 189
Wildness in Uraniap. 189
Urania's (Nearly) Mad Flightp. 191
Femina Salvaticap. 206
The Game of the Sensesp. 216
Conclusionp. 223
Appendix: Bigolina's Will in the State Archive of Padua: Text and Translationp. 231
Notesp. 241
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9781442643406
ISBN-10: 1442643404
Series: Toronto Italian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th November 2011
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.1  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.66

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