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The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice (Women in Culture & Society)

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The Venetian courtesan has long captured the imagination as a female symbol of sexual license, elegance, beauty, and unruliness. What then to make of the cortigiana onesta—the honest courtesan who recast virtue as intellectual integrity and offered wit and refinement in return for patronage and a place in public life? Veronica Franco (1546-1591) was such a woman, a writer and citizen of Venice, whose published poems and familiar letters offer rich testimony to the complexity of the honest courtesan's position.

Margaret F. Rosenthal draws a compelling portrait of Veronica Franco in her cultural social, and economic world. Rosenthal reveals in Franco's writing a passionate support of defenseless women, strong convictions about inequality, and, in the eroticized language of her epistolary verses, the seductive political nature of all poetic contests. It is Veronica Franco's insight into the power conflicts between men and women—and her awareness of the threat she posed to her male contemporaries—that makes her literary works and her dealings with Venetian intellectuals so pertinent today.

Combining the resources of biography, history, literary theory, and cultural criticism, this sophisticated interdisciplinary work presents an eloquent and often moving account of one woman's life as an act of self-creation and as a complex response to social forces and cultural conditions.

"A book . . . pleasurably redolent of Venice in the 16th-century. Rosenthal gives a vivid sense of a world of salons and coteries, of intricate networks of family and patronage, and of literary exchanges both intellectual and erotic."—Helen Hackett, Times Higher Education Supplement

The Honest Courtesan is the basis for the film Dangerous Beauty (1998) directed by Marshall Herskovitz. (The film was re-titled The Honest Courtesan for release in the UK and Europe in 1999.)

Review:

"When we think of Venice, we envision the enchanted city built and decorated by Palladio and Titian, among others, forgetting that Venice was also a literary center, which produced such notable figures as the poet Veronica Franco. In this impressively researched, intelligent, and substantial book, we are introduced to the works of a Venetian courtesan-poet, whose writing is rescued from the traditional anecdotal lore surrounding Venetian courtesans. Especially notable is a close reading of the elegiac verse epistles in Franco's Terze rime, which are effectively analyzed in relation to their Roman sources." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

The Venetian courtesan has long captured the imagination as a female symbol of sexual license. What then to make of the honest courtesan, who recast virtue as intellectual integrity. Veronico Franco was such a woman and this text reveals in her writing a passionate support for defedeless women.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-376) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1: Satirizing the Courtesan: Franco's Enemies

2: Fashioning the Honest Courtesan: Franco's Patrons

Appendix: Two Testaments and a Tax Report

3: Addressing Venice: Franco's Familiar Letters

4: Denouncing the Courtesan: Franco's Inquisition Trial and Poetic Debate

Appendix: Documents of the Inquisition

5: The Courtesan in Exile: An Elegiac Future

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226728124
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Author:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword by:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Author:
Rosenthal, Margaret F.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Authors, Italian
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
Franco, Veronica
Subject:
Authors, Italian -- 16th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Courtesans -- Italy -- Biography.
Subject:
Courtesans
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Venice (Italy) Intellectual life.
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
19930231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 halftones
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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