Cazzaria The Book of the Prick
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Description: La Cazzariais the most outspoken erotic text of the Italian Renaissance-a ribald dialogue about politics, sex, and desire written in 1525 by Antonio Vignali, a young Italian nobleman from Siena. Here, in the Rabelaisian depictions of personified genitalia and other bodily organs, a page of our sexual past is restored. La Cazzariais at once a comic fable about bodies and desire, and an outrageous political allegory. Composed as a dialogue between two actual members of one of the most prestigious literary societies of 16th-century Italy, it is organized as a series of fifty-two questions on subjects ranging from anatomy, to psychology, linguistics, and psychology. The text is remarkable for its frank discussions of sexuality and explicit homoeroticism-especially when compared to other texts of the period-and for its sophisticated treatment of sexual and political power. Written for circulation among a group of educated young men, the dialogue's elitism and misogyny also offers a powerfuland often disturbing picture of early modern gender relations. Outrageous and iconoclastic, La Cazzaria was a risqué and provocative text in its day, and remains so today. This first English translation is extensively annotated, and the volume includes a detailed and accessible introduction by Ian Frederick Moulton, author of Before Pornography, which provides a historical and intellectual context for this unfamiliar by fascinating text. La Cazzaria is at once a stunning literary achievement, and essential reading for anyone interested in the history of sexuality.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publication date: 3/7/2003
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Ian Frederick Moulton is Professor of English at Arizona State University, USA.
|Introduction: The Greatest Tangle of Pricks There Ever Was: Knowledge, Sex, and Power in Renaissance Italy|
|La Cazzaria (Siena, c. 1525)|