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Beasts and Beauties: Animals, Gender, and Domestication in the Italian Renaissance (Toronto Italian Studies) Hardcover – January 20, 2010
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'Beasts and Beauties argues that Italian humanists constructed a domestic space that both reinforced a hierarchy of being in which the European male occupied the supreme position and functioned as a site of resistance where the first post-humanist critiques were born. By positioning the works of well-known humanists such as Petrarch and Alberti within the discourse of domesticity, Juliana Schiesari productively examines literature, art, and social practices in order to analyse what verbal and visual representations of animals can reveal about the construction of gender, race, and class in early modern Italy.'(Suzanne Magnanini, Department of French and Italian, University of Colorado, Boulder)
About the Author
Juliana Schiesari is a professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis.
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