Venice Incognito Masks in the Serene Republic

ISBN-10: 0520267710
ISBN-13: 9780520267718
Edition: 2011
Authors: James H. Johnson
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Description: "The entire town is disguised," declared a French tourist of eighteenth-century Venice. And, indeed, maskers of all ranks--nobles, clergy, imposters, seducers, con men--could be found mixing at every level of Venetian society. Even a pious nun  More...

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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/2/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

"The entire town is disguised," declared a French tourist of eighteenth-century Venice. And, indeed, maskers of all ranks--nobles, clergy, imposters, seducers, con men--could be found mixing at every level of Venetian society. Even a pious nun donned a mask and male attire for her liaison with the libertine Casanova. InVenice Incognito, James H. Johnson offers a spirited analysis of masking in this carnival-loving city. He draws on a wealth of material to explore the world view of maskers, both during and outside of carnival, and reconstructs their logic: covering the face in public was a uniquely Venetian response to one of the most rigid class hierarchies in European history. This vivid account goes beyond common views that masking was about forgetting the past and minding the muse of pleasure to offer fresh insight into the historical construction of identity.

List of Illustrations
Preface
The Carnival of Venice
Casanova's Carnival
New World
Even Odds
Blood Sport
Fat Thursday
Anything Goes?
The Culture of Masking
City of Masks
Infernal Associations
Devil's Dance
Unmasking the Heart
Age of Dissimulation
The Honest Mask
Legislating Morality
Saving Face
Venetian Incognito
Democratizing Dress
Taming the Devil
Carnival and Community
Redeemed by the Blood
Carnival Tales
The Mask of Sincerity
Carnival Contained
Bitter Ash
Epilogue: After the Fall
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits
Index

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