The nobility and excellence of women, and the defects and vices of men
- Lucrezia Marinella ; edited and translated by Anne Dunhill ; introduction by Letizia Panizza
- Uniform Title
- Nobiltà et l'eccellenza delle donne, co' difetti et mancamenti degli uomoni. English
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
- Physical description
- xxvii, 200 p. ; 23 cm.
- Other voice in early modern Europe.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-190) and index.
- Introduction to the Series by Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil Jr. Acknowledgments Introduction to the Translation by Letizia Panizza with Anne Dunhill The Nobility and Excellence of Women, and the Defects and Vices of Men Part I: The Nobility and Excellence of Women
- Chapter 1: On the Nobility of the Names Given to the Female Sex
- Chapter 2: The Causes That Produce Women
- Chapter 3: Of the Nature and Essence of the Female Sex
- Chapter 4: The Reasons for Men's Noble Treatment of Women and the Things They Say about Women
- Chapter 5: Of Women's Noble Actions and Virtues, Which Greatly Surpass Men's, as Will Be Proved by Reasoning and Example
- Chapter 6: A Reply to the Flippant and Vain Reasoning Adopted by Men in Their Own Favor Part II: The Defects and Vices of Men
- Chapter 4: Of Wrathful, Eccentric, and Brutal Men
- Chapter 12: Of Obstinate and Pertinacious Men
- Chapter 13: Of Ungrateful and Discourteous Men
- Chapter 14: Of Fickle, Inconstant Men
- Chapter 15: Of Evil Men Who Hate Others Easily
- Chapter 22: Of Men Who Are Ornate, Polished, Painted, and Bleached
- Chapter 30: Of Men Who Kill Their Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and Grandchildren Bibliography Index.
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A 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 "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 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.
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- Publication date
- The other voice in early modern Europe
- 0226505456 (cloth : alk. paper)
- 0226505464 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 9780226505459 (cloth : acid-free paper)
- 9780226505466 (paper)
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