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- DescriptionWomen's vibrant presence in the Italian Renaissance has long been overlooked, with attention focused mainly on the artistic and intellectual achievements of their male counterparts. During this period, however, Italian women excelled especially as writers, and where were they more expressive than in their letters. In A Corresponding Renaissance: Letters Written by Italian Women, 1375-1650 Lisa Kaborycha considers the lives and cultural contributions revealed by these women in their own words, through their correspondence. By turns highly personal, didactic, or devotional, these letters expose the daily realities of women's lives, their feelings, ideas, and reactions to the complex world in which they lived. Through their letters women emerge t merely as bystanders, but as true cultural protagonists in the Italian Renaissance. A Corresponding Renaissance is divided into eight thematic chapters, featuring fifty-five letters that are newly translated into English-many for the first time ever. Each of the letters is antated and includes a brief biographical introduction and bibliographic references. The women come from all walks of life - saints, poets, courtesans and countesses - and from every geographic area of Italy; chrologically they span the entire Renaissance, with the majority representing the sixteenth century. Approximately one third of the selections are well-kwn letters, such as those of Catherine of Siena, Veronica Franco, and Isabella d'Este; the rest are lesser kwn, previously un-translated, or otherwise inaccessible.
- Author BiographyLisa Kaborycha received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, an M.A. in Italian Studies, and a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern European History. She has taught history at the University of California, Berkeley and at Menlo College. Currently, she lives in Florence, Italy, where she teaches courses on Renaissance history at the University of California, Florence Study Center and works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project. She is the author of A Short History of Renaissance Italy (2010).
- Author(s)Lisa Kaborycha
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication09/07/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight444 g
- Width158 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine21 mm
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