Sarra Copia Sulam: A Jewish Salonnière and the Press in Counter-Reformation Venice
For nearly a decade at the height of the Counter-Reformation in Italy, the Jewish poet and polemicist Sarra Copia Sulam (ca. 1592–1641) held a literary salon at her house in the Venetian ghetto, providing one of the most public and enduring forums for Jewish-Christian interaction in early modern Venice. Though Copia Sulam gained fame for her erudition, built a powerful intellectual network, and published a work on the immortality of the soul, her career later foundered under the weight of slanderous charges against her sexual, professional, and religious integrity.
This first biography of Copia Sulam examines the explosive relationship between gender, religion, and the press in seventeenth-century Venice through a study of her literary career. The backdrop to this inquiry is Venice’s tumultuous religious, cultural, and political climate and the competitive world of its presses, where men and women, Christians and Jews, alternately collaborated and clashed as they sought to gain a foothold in the most prestigious publishing capital in Europe.
- Series: Toronto Italian Studies
- World Rights
- Page Count: 376 pages
- Illustrations: 22
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationLynn Lara Westwater is an associate professor of Italian in the Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University.
Table of contents
Note on the Text
1. The Birth of a Salon (1618–21)
2. A Rupture in the Salon (1619–21)
3. The Salon and the Venetian Presses (1621)
4. Copia Sulam Compromised (1622–23)
5. Friends and Enemies (1621–26)
6. The Salon’s Afterlife (post 1626)
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