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The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men : Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - Lucrezia Marinella

The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men

Other Voice in Early Modern Europe

By: Lucrezia Marinella, Anne Dunhill (Editor, Translator), Letizia Panizza (Editor, Translator)

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A gifted poet, a women's rights activist, and an expert on moral and natural philosophy, Lucrezia Marinella (1571-1653) was known throughout Italy as the leading female intellectual of her age. Born into a family of Venetian physicians, she was encouraged to study, and, fortunately, she did not share the fate of many of her female contemporaries, who were forced to join convents or were pressured to marry early. Marinella enjoyed a long literary career, writing mainly religious, epic, and pastoral poetry, and biographies of famous women in both verse and prose.
Marinella's masterpiece, "The Nobility and Excellence of Women, and the Defects and Vices of Men" was first published in 1600, composed at a furious pace in answer to Giusepe Passi's diatribe about women's alleged defects. This polemic displays Marinella's vast knowledge of the Italian poetic tradition and demonstrates her ability to argue against authors of the misogynist tradition from Boccaccio to Torquato Tasso. Trying to effect real social change, Marinella argued that morally, intellectually, and in many other ways, women are superior to men.

Introduction to the Series
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Translation
The Nobility and Excellence of Women, and the Defects and Vices of Men
The Nobility and Excellence of Women
On the Nobility of the Names Given to the Female Sex
The Causes That Produce Women
Of the Nature and Essence of the Female Sex
The Reasons for Men's Noble Treatment of Women and the Things They Say about Women
Of Women's Noble Actions and Virtues, Which Greatly Surpass Men's, as Will Be Proved by Reasoning and Example
A Reply to the Flippant and Vain Reasoning Adopted by Men in Their Own Favor
The Defects and Vices of Men
Of Wrathful, Eccentric, and Brutal Men
Of Obstinate and Pertinacious Men
Of Ungrateful and Discourteous Men
Of Fickle, Inconstant Men
Of Evil Men Who Hate Others Easily
Of Men Who Are Ornate, Polished, Painted, and Bleached
Of Men Who Kill Their Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and Grandchildren
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226505466
ISBN-10: 0226505464
Series: Other Voice in Early Modern Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2