Worth of Women Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men

ISBN-10: 0226256820
ISBN-13: 9780226256825
Edition: 1997 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/18/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Gender equality and the responsibility of husbands and fathers: issues that loom large today had currency in Renaissance Venice as well, as evidenced by the publication in 1600 of The Worth of Women by Moderata Fonte. Moderata Fonte was the pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555–92), a Venetian woman who was something of an anomaly. Neither cloistered in a convent nor as liberated from prevailing codes of decorum as a courtesan might be, Pozzo was a respectable, married mother who produced literature in genres that were commonly considered "masculine"--the chivalric romance and the literary dialogue. This work takes the form of the latter, with Fonte creating a conversation among seven Venetian noblewomen. The dialogue explores nearly every aspect of women's experience in both theoretical and practical terms. These women, who differ in age and experience, take as their broad theme men's curious hostility toward women and possible cures for it. Through this witty and ambitious work, Fonte seeks to elevate women's status to that of men, arguing that women have the same innate abilities as men and, when similarly educated, prove their equals. Through this dialogue, Fonte provides a picture of the private and public lives of Renaissance women, ruminating on their roles in the home, in society, and in the arts. A fine example of Renaissance vernacular literature, this book is also a testament to the enduring issues that women face, including the attempt to reconcile femininity with ambition.

Introduction to the Series
Acknowledgments Moderata Fonte and ""The Worth of Women""
Introduction Life and Early Works Structure and Arguments
The Question of Unity ""The Worth of Women"" and Renaissance Literary Tradition Fortunes and Influence Suggestions for Further Reading
Key to Abbreviations
Note on the Text
A Note on Fonte's Sources
The Worth of Women Dedicatory
Letter Life of Moderata Fonte First Day Second Day
Appendix The Theme of Women's Equality with Men in Moderata Fonte's ""Floridoro"" Works Cited

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