This excellent collection of essays and texts surveys the culture and intellectual context of early modern Italy in order to render more intelligible the writing of Italian women. The role of women in society and the persistent misogyny even of the most pro–woman texts are explored in the essays, and the recent critical debates are examined. The translations make available in English a selection of male–authored texts which directly or indirectly elicited the spirited responses of women, for which the volume is aptly entitled "In Dialogue." A valuable classroom resource, the volume is an important addition to The Other Voice: Toronto series.
Professor of Italian, Emerita, University of Chicago
JULIE D. CAMPBELL is professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. She is the author of Literary Circles and Gender in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2006). She has edited and translated Isabella Andreini's La Mirtilla (MRTS, 2002). With Anne R. Larsen, she has coedited Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters (Ashgate, 2009).
MARIA GALLI STAMPINO is associate professor of Italian and French at the University of Miami. She is the author of Staging the Pastoral: Tasso's Aminta and the Emergence of Modern Western Theater (MRTS, 2005). She has edited and translated for The Other Voice: Chicago series Lucrezia Marinella's Enrico; or, Byzantium Conquered: A Heroic Poem (University of Chicago Press), 2009.
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