Poems and Selected Letters (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) (English and Italian Edition)

Poems and Selected Letters (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) (English and Italian Edition)

Veronica Franco


Veronica Franco (whose lifestyles is featured within the movie Dangerous Beauty) was once a sixteenth-century Venetian attractiveness, poet, and protofeminist. This assortment captures the frank eroticism and bold eloquence that set her except the chaste, silent lady prescribed through Renaissance gender ideology.

As an "honored courtesan", Franco made her residing by means of arranging to have sexual family, for a excessive price, with the elite of Venice and the numerous travelers—merchants, ambassadors, even kings—who undergone town. Courtesans had to be appealing, refined of their costume and manners, and chic, cultivated conversationalists. Exempt from a number of the social and academic regulations put on ladies of the Venetian patrician classification, Franco used her place to recast "virtue" as "intellectual integrity," delivering wit and refinement in go back for patronage and a spot in public life.

Franco grew to become a author by way of allying herself with exceptional males on the heart of her city's tradition, rather within the casual conferences of a literary salon on the domestic of Domenico Venier, the oldest member of a noble kinfolk and a former Venetian senator. via Venier's safety and her personal selection, Franco released paintings within which she defended her fellow courtesans, conversing out opposed to their mistreatment by way of males and criticizing the subordination of girls generally. Venier additionally supplied literary information whilst she answered to insulting assaults written through the male Venetian poet Maffio Venier.

Franco's perception into the ability conflicts among women and men and her understanding of the risk she posed to her male contemporaries make her existence and paintings pertinent today.

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