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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Italian Women Poets of the Sixteenth Century and After

Italian Women Poets of the Sixteenth Century and After

(p.279) 11 Italian Women Poets of the Sixteenth Century and After
Women Latin Poets

Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter deals with the expansion of possibilities for women writers in 16th-century Italy, particularly in the vernacular, with unusually extensive access to print compared with other countries. However, women continued to write in Latin and translate from Latin. Olimpia Morata, educator and poet in Latin and Greek, is an example, and another is Tarquinia Molza, a professional musician at the D'Este court and student of Plato. Counter-Reformation convents harbored a number of women scholars, including Laurentia Strozzi, and there is extensive evidence for convent drama and convent music. In the 17th century, Elena Piscopia gained international renown by taking a PhD, and Martha Marchina became one of the few working-class women to write Latin verse. The increasing popularity of academies opened up a new public space for Italian women, particularly the Ricovrati of Padua, as a little later, did the salons of the 18th century. Eighteenth-century Bologna became the first University to recruit women faculty members.

Keywords:   Olimpia Morata, Tarquinia Molza, Ferrara, Laurentia Strozzi, convent drama, convent music, Elena Piscopia, Martha Marchina, academies, Ricovrati

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