During the Italian Renaissance, dozens of early modern writers published collections of private correspondence, using them as vehicles for self-presentation, self-promotion, social critique, and religious dissent. Writing Gender in Women's Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance examines the letter collections of women writers, arguing that these works were a studied performance of pervasive ideas about gender as well as genre, a form of self-fashioning that variously reflected, manipulated, and subverted cultural and literary conventions regarding femininity and masculinity. Meredith K. Ray presents letter collections from authors of diverse backgrounds, including a noblewoman, a courtesan, an actress, a nun, and a male writer who composed letters under female pseudonyms. Ray's study includes extensive new archival research and highlights a widespread interest in women's letter collections during the Italian Renaissance that suggests a deep curiosity about the female experience and a surprising openness to women's participation in this kind of literary production.... leprosy, cure gout, and freshen onea#39;s eyes after crying, all subjects commonly treated in manuals (Valorose donne, 115rav). ... (a#39;You often mock me because each day I distill master Christophera#39;s waters: for my part, I often laugh at the naivetAc of you ... 116 On using egg yolk to keep the skin smooth, see Cortese, Secreti, Book IV, 100; Celebrino, Opera nova, 3va4r; ... 2007); Tara Nummedal, a#39; Alchemical Reproduction and the Career of Anna Maria Zieglerin, a#39; Ambix 48 ( 2001), 56a68;anbsp;...
|Title||:||Writing Gender in Women's Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance|
|Author||:||Meredith K. Ray|
|Publisher||:||University of Toronto Press - 2009|