From Library Journal
This first full-length study in English of Venetian courtesan and writer Veronica Franco's life and work is an adaptation of Rosenthal's (Italian, Univ. of Southern California) dissertation. Writing from a feminist, social-historical perspective, Rosenthal demonstrates that Franco worked within the literary traditions of 16th-century Venice, using her social position and her writings to argue against a restrictive, misogynistic definition of women. Despite scurrilous attacks, Franco defended the courtesan's role as having intellectual and artistic--rather than erotic--significance. Rosenthal is strongest when presenting historical background and analyzing specific poems and letters; her theoretical summations are occasionally marred by a strained use of the jargon of feminist criticism. Recommended for scholarly collections in women's studies and in Italian literature and history.- Ellen Finnie Duranceau, MIT Lib.
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About the Author
Margaret F. Rosenthal is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Southern California, and has written extensively on the sixteenth-century Italian writer Veronica Franco. Ann Rosalind Jones is Professor of Comparative Literature at Smith College, and co-author of "Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory."
Catharine R. Stimpson is University Professor and dean emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. She is the founding editor of "Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society" and the author or editor of many books.