Veronica Franco in Dialogue
Available: May 2022© 2022
224 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in
Not Yet Published
Since the late twentieth century, the Venetian courtesan Veronica Franco has been viewed as a triumphant proto-feminist icon: a woman who celebrated her sexuality, an outspoken champion of women and their worth, and an important intellectual and cultural presence in sixteenth-century Venice.
In Veronica Franco in Dialogue, Marilyn Migiel provides a nuanced account of Franco’s rhetorical strategies through a close analysis of her literary work. Focusing on the first fourteen poems in the Terze Rime, a collection of Franco’s poems published in 1575, Migiel looks specifically at back-and-forth exchanges between Franco and an unknown male author. Migiel argues that in order to better understand what Franco is doing in the poetic collection, it is essential to understand how she constructs her identity as author, lover, and sex worker in relation to this unknown male author.
Veronica Franco in Dialogue accounts for the moments of ambivalence, uncertainty, and indirectness in Franco’s poetry, as well as the polemicism and assertions of triumph. In doing so, it asks readers to consider their ideological investments in the stories we tell about early modern female authors and their cultural production.
Note on the Text and Translations of Veronica Franco’s Terze Rime
Introduction: What Do We See in Veronica Franco?
1. Gendered Strategies of Persuasion: Terze Rime 1 and 2
2. Poetic Identity and Community: Terze Rime 3 and 4
3. Repenting as a Courtesan: Terze Rime 5 and 6
4. Complaining and Cognitive Reframing: Terze Rime 7 and 8
5. Seductive Insinuation and Obliquely Frank Refusal: Terze Rime 9 and 10
6. Verona, Venezia, Veronica: Terze Rime 11 and 12
7. Attacks and Concessions under Erasure: Terze Rime 13 and 14