Arcangela Tarabotti: Antisatire: In Defense of Women, against Francesco Buoninsegni

Arcangela Tarabotti: Antisatire: In Defense of Women, against Francesco Buoninsegni

Edited by Elissa B. Weaver

Translated by Elissa B. Weaver

114 pages, 6" x 9"

  • Paperback
  • 9780866986229
  • Published: February 2020

$41.95

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Arcangela Tarabotti (1604–1652), Venetian nun and polemicist, was known for her protest against forced monachization and her advocacy for the education of women and their participation in public life. She responded to Francesco Buoninsegni's Against the Vanities of Women (1638) with the Antisatire (1644), a defense of women's fashions and a denunciation of men, but also a strong condemnation of men's treatment of women and of the subordination of women in society. Both Buoninsegni and Tarabotti write with the exaggeration and absurd arguments typical of Menippean satire; they flaunt their knowledge of ancient and contemporary literature in a prose interspersed with poetry and replete with the astonishing Baroque conceits that delighted their contemporaries.

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