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The Boundaries of Eros : Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice - Guido Ruggiero

The Boundaries of Eros

Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice

Paperback Published: 5th January 1989
ISBN: 9780195056969
Number Of Pages: 240

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Utilizing the records of several Venetian courts that dealt with sex crimes, Ruggiero traces the evolution of both licit and illicit sexuality during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Through this examination of illicit sexuality, Ruggiero sheds light on the institutions, languages, social life, and values not only of this shadow-culture, but also of Venetian society and, ultimately, the Renaissance itself.

"[A] fascinating and pioneering work...Ruggiero's ideas are brilliantly tantalizing."--Journal of Social History "[A] highly original and highly acclaimed, almost magical transformation of dusty legal records into [a] book."--Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance "Colorful, ground-breaking....Ruggiero's vivid survey of sexual behavior is an important contribution to Venetian historiography which no social, political, or cultural study will be able to ignore."--Renaissance Quarterly "An important and fascinating study that provides a new perspective on Renaissance culture and society. Highly recommended."--Library Journal "Lucid and vigorous....Gives important background for understanding sexuality depicted in romance epic."--Katherine King, University of California, Los Angeles "[A] fascinating and pioneering work...Ruggiero's ideas are brilliantly tantalizing."--Journal of Social History "[A] highly original and highly acclaimed, almost magical transformation of dusty legal records into [a] book."--Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance "Colorful, ground-breaking....Ruggiero's vivid survey of sexual behavior is an important contribution to Venetian historiography which no social, political, or cultural study will be able to ignore."--Renaissance Quarterly "An important and fascinating study that provides a new perspective on Renaissance culture and society. Highly recommended."--Library Journal "Lucid and vigorous....Gives important background for understanding sexuality depicted in romance epic."--Katherine King, University of California, Los Angeles "Extremely welcome for its systematic attempt to squeeze information about changing attitudes to sexuality from the judicial records."--The London Review of Books "As full a picture as can be constructed from the scraps of legal and other documents which reveal the Venetian attitudes towards women and sexuality, sex crime and sexual deviance in the Renaissance."--Chronique "[An] excellent case history."--Sex Roles "Lucid and vigorous prose style. [It] gives important background for understanding sexuality depicted in the romance epic."--Katherine King, University of California, Los Angeles "Authoritative...the Standard edition."--A.J. Sambrook, Rutgers University

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Sexual Environment of Renaissance Venice: an Introductionp. 3
Fornication and Then Marriagep. 16
Adultery: Marriage and Sexp. 45
Sex Crimes Against Godp. 70
Violence and Sexuality: Rapep. 89
Sodom and Venicep. 109
Perspectives on Normal Sexuality: an Essayp. 146
Notesp. 169
Bibliographic Essayp. 199
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780195056969
ISBN-10: 0195056965
Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th January 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.95 x 14.12  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.21