Writing Beloveds: Humanist Petrarchism and the Politics of Gender

By Aileen A. Feng

© 2017

Covering a period from the late-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth century, Aileen A. Feng’s engagingly written work identifies and analyzes a Latin humanist precursor to the poetic movement known as Renaissance Petrarchism. Though Petrachism is usually read solely as a vernacular poetic tradition, in Writing Beloveds, Feng recovers the initial political purposes in Latin prose and traces how poetry set the terms for gender, agency, and power in early modern Italy.

By revealing the literary motifs in men’s and women’s writing about gender she maps how certain figures in Petrarch’s writing transmitted gendered ideas of power and reflected a growing anxiety about women as public figures. This work includes nuanced analyses of poetry, linguistic treatises, debates on imitation, representations of gender and epistolary correspondence in Latin and Italian. Writing Beloveds is a landmark study that highlights the new social reality of women writers in early modern Europe.

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  • Page Count: 280 pages
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Covering a period from the late-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth century, Aileen A. Feng’s engagingly written work identifies and analyzes a Latin humanist precursor to the poetic movement known as Renaissance Petrarchism.

Writing Beloveds: Humanist Petrarchism and the Politics of Gender

By Aileen A. Feng

© 2017

Covering a period from the late-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth century, Aileen A. Feng’s engagingly written work identifies and analyzes a Latin humanist precursor to the poetic movement known as Renaissance Petrarchism. Though Petrachism is usually read solely as a vernacular poetic tradition, in Writing Beloveds, Feng recovers the initial political purposes in Latin prose and traces how poetry set the terms for gender, agency, and power in early modern Italy.

By revealing the literary motifs in men’s and women’s writing about gender she maps how certain figures in Petrarch’s writing transmitted gendered ideas of power and reflected a growing anxiety about women as public figures. This work includes nuanced analyses of poetry, linguistic treatises, debates on imitation, representations of gender and epistolary correspondence in Latin and Italian. Writing Beloveds is a landmark study that highlights the new social reality of women writers in early modern Europe.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Writing Beloveds is a deeply researched, carefully analyzed, and engagingly written work that offers a masterful study of Petrarch’s gender-inflected influence upon Latin humanist prose and Italian language poetry in the Renaissance."


    William J. Kennedy, Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell University

    "Aileen Feng has written a landmark reappraisal of the place of women humanists as writers, readers, and recipients of humanist praise. She adroitly blends her knowledge of women’s studies with an understanding of Renaissance poetics."


    Timothy Kircher, Department of History, Guilford College
  • Author Information

    Aileen A. Feng is an associate professor of Italian at the University of Arizona.

  • Table of contents

    Abbreviations

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    PART I: Intellectual Masculinity and the Female Intellect in Humanist Petrarchism

    Chapter 1 - Women of Stone: Gender and Politics in the Petrarchan World

    Chapter 2 - In Laura’s Shadow: Gendered Dialogues and Humanist Petrarchis in the Fifteenth Century

    Chapter 3 - Laura Speaks: Sisterhood, Amicitia, and Marital Love in the Female Latin Petrarchist Writings of the Fifteenth Century

    PART II: Pietro Bembo and the Legacy of Humanist Petrarchism

    Chapter 4 - Theorizing Gender: Nation Building and Female Mythology

    in the Ciceronian Quarrels

    Chapter 5 - Politicizing Gender: Bembo’s Private and Public Petrarchism

    Afterword

    Bibliography