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The Single Self: Feminist Thought and the Marriage Market in Early Modern Venice*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2018

Virginia Cox
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Christ's College, Cambridge

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The Year 1600 Witnessed A significant though little-noted event in Italian cultural history: the publication of the first substantial full-length works by Italian women writers arguing the case for women's moral and intellectual equality with men. The writers in question were two Venetians, Lucrezia Marinella and Modesta Pozzo (Moderata Fonte); their works, respectively, a polemical treatise, La nobilta et I'eccellenza delle donne, and a dialogue, Il merito delle donne. These texts, long neglected, have recently begun to attract a certain amount of critical attention: particularly Fonte's Merito, far the more accessible of the two and a work, as is now being recognized, of considerable literary merit.

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