edited by Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater
contributions by Courtney Quaintance, Meredith K. Ray, Lynn Lara Westwater, Anna Wainwright, Suzanne Magnanini, Nathalie Hester, Gabriella Zarri, Emanuela Zanotti Carney, Jennifer Haraguchi and Michael Sherberg
University of Delaware Press, 2023
Paper: 978-1-64453-304-8 | Cloth: 978-1-64453-305-5 | eISBN: 978-1-64453-307-9
Library of Congress Classification HQ1149.I8G464 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.420945

The essays in this volume revisit the Italian Renaissance to rethink spaces thought to be defined and certain: from the social spaces of convent, court, or home, to the literary spaces of established genres such as religious plays or epic poetry. Repopulating these spaces with the women who occupied them but have often been elided in the historical record, the essays also remind us to ask what might obscure our view of texts and archives, what has remained marginal in the texts and contexts of early modern Italy and why. The contributors, suggesting new ways of interrogating gendered discourses of genre, identities, and sanctity, offer a complex picture of gender in early modern Italian literature and culture. Read in dialogue with one another, their pieces provide a fascinating survey of currents in gender studies and early modern Italian studies and point to exciting future directions in these fields.

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