Parlour games and the public life of women in Renaissance Italy /
George McClure.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2013.
xvi, 319 p. : ill.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2013.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Games and game-playing offer a rich window onto the early modern world that is ripe for exploration and analysis. In his examination of this topic, George McClure adds a new facet to our understanding of the intersection of gender, literature, and culture in early modern Italy. With particularly impressive archival research, his study is interesting and engaging."
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Confined by behavioural norms and professional restrictions, women in Renaissance Italy found a welcome escape in an alternative world of play. This book examines the role of games of wit in the social and cultural experience of patrician women from the early sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. Beneath the frivolous exterior of such games as occasions for idle banter, flirtation, and seduction, there often lay a lively contest for power and agency, and the opportunity for conventional women to demonstrate their intellect, to achieve a public identity, and even to model new behaviour and institutions in the non-ludic world. By tapping into the records and cultural artifacts of these games, George McClure recovers a realm of female fame that has largely escaped the notice of modern historians, and in so doing, reveals a cohort of spirited, intellectual women outside of the courts.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Renaissance Theory of Playp. 3
The Academy of the Intronati and Sienese Women (1525-1555)p. 29
The Games of Girolamo and Scipione Bargagli (1563-1569)p. 55
Fortunes, Medals, Emblems: The Public Face of Private Womenp. 81
The Birth of the Assicurate: Italy's First Female Academy (1654-1704)p. 119
Girolamo Gigli: The Legacy of the Sienese Games and Sienese Womenp. 159
Conclusionp. 182
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 307
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