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The century of women [electronic resource] : representations of women in eighteenth-century Italian public discourse /
Rebecca Messbarger.
imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2002.
description
xi, 209 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
080203652X
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2002.
isbn
080203652X
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10497545
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-197) and index.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Structured as an extended disputation, this is the tale of five ideologically divergent 18th-century Italian texts by male and female authors whose leitmotif is woman. They include an academic debate, a scientific tract, an oration, an Enlightenment journal, and a fashion magazine.
Description for Reader
Eighteenth-century Italian playwright Pietro Chiari designated the age he lived in 'The Century of Women' A? an age when women gained considerable power through education and admission to various academic positions and professions. Structured as an extended disputation, this book tells the tale of five paradigmatic and ideologically divergent eighteenth-century Italian texts by male and female authors whose leitmotif is woman. These include an academic debate, a scientific tract, an oration, an Enlightenment journal, and a fashion magazine. Analysis focuses on the specific ways in which the exigencies of the 'new science' and the burgeoning Enlightenment project founded on rational civil law, secular moral philosophy, and utilitarian social ethics forced a transformation in the formal controversy about women. By uncovering the characteristics of the expansive dominant discourse about women among Italian Enlightenment thinkers and of the counter-discourse women authors produced to assert their own distinct authority over constructions of femininity and the public sphere, this study reconceives eighteenth-century Italian culture and rectifies misconceptions about Italy's position and influence within the literary republic of the European Enlightenment. Groundbreaking and original, this study is the first to examine the contribution of women to the Republic of Letters of the Settecento, and will revise prevailing notions of eighteenth-century Italian culture and academia.
Description for Reader
Eighteenth-century Italian playwright Pietro Chiari designated the age he lived in 'The Century of Women' an age when women gained considerable power through education and admission to various academic positions and professions. Structured as an extended disputation, this book tells the tale of five paradigmatic and ideologically divergent eighteenth-century Italian texts by male and female authors whose leitmotif is woman. These include an academic debate, a scientific tract, an oration, an Enlightenment journal, and a fashion magazine. Analysis focuses on the specific ways in which the exigencies of the 'new science' and the burgeoning Enlightenment project founded on rational civil law, secular moral philosophy, and utilitarian social ethics forced a transformation in the formal controversy about women.By uncovering the characteristics of the expansive dominant discourse about women among Italian Enlightenment thinkers and of the counter-discourse women authors produced to assert their own distinct authority over constructions of femininity and the public sphere, this study reconceives eighteenth-century Italian culture and rectifies misconceptions about Italy's position and influence within the literary republic of the European Enlightenment. Groundbreaking and original, this study is the first to examine the contribution of women to the Republic of Letters of the Settecento, and will revise prevailing notions of eighteenth-century Italian culture and academia.
Main Description
Eighteenth-century Italian playwright Pietro Chiari designated the age he lived in 'The Century of Women' - an age when women gained considerable power through education and admission to various academic positions and professions. Structured as an extended disputation, this book tells the tale of five paradigmatic and ideologically divergent eighteenth-century Italian texts by male and female authors whose leitmotif is woman. These include an academic debate, a scientific tract, an oration, an Enlightenment journal, and a fashion magazine. Analysis focuses on the specific ways in which the exigencies of the 'new science' and the burgeoning Enlightenment project founded on rational civil law, secular moral philosophy, and utilitarian social ethics forced a transformation in the formal controversy about women. By uncovering the characteristics of the expansive dominant discourse about women among Italian Enlightenment thinkers and of the counter-discourse women authors produced to assert their own distinct authority over constructions of femininity and the public sphere, this study reconceives eighteenth-century Italian culture and rectifies misconceptions about Italy's position and influence within the literary republic of the European Enlightenment. Groundbreaking and original, this study is the first to examine the contribution of women to the Republic of Letters of the Settecento, and will revise prevailing notions of eighteenth-century Italian culture and academia.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
A Note to the Reader
Introduction: The Century of Womenp. 3
The Debatep. 21
Women's Educationp. 26
The Textp. 28
Vallisneri's Prologuep. 31
Camposanpiero's Defence of the Education of Womenp. 33
Volpi - Against the Education of Womenp. 36
The Judgmentp. 40
Aretafila Savini De' Rossi's Rebuttalp. 41
Conclusionp. 47
The Very Fibre of Their Being: Antonio Conti's Materialist Argument for Women's Inferiorityp. 49
Conti's Intellectual Trajectoryp. 52
The Letterp. 56
Palliated Resistance: Diamante Medaglia Faini on 'Which Studies Are Fitting for Women'p. 69
Signifying the Femininep. 71
A Scientific Education for Womenp. 73
'Which Studies Are Fitting for Women'p. 77
For the Public Good: Il Caffe's 'Defence of Women'p. 87
Historical Context and Political Designs of Il Caffep. 89
'Difesa delle donne'p. 93
Counter-Discourse: La donna galante ed eruditap. 105
History of the Eighteenth-Century Italian Feminine Pressp. 107
Re-educating Womenp. 113
Fashioning Femininityp. 118
Maskingp. 127
Conclusionp. 133
Notesp. 141
Works Citedp. 183
Indexp. 199
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