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Exhortations to Women and to Others If They Please

Edited and Translated by Laura Benedetti

With this translation of Marinella’s Exhortations to Women and to Others if They Please we can now read another crucial text from her extensive body of work, one that signals a radical ideological shift from her best known text, The Nobility and Excellence of Women; we can thus enjoy a fuller picture of the author and her opinions. Only three copies of Exhortations have been located in any library, and in the absence of a critical edition this translation will prove to be a point of reference for scholars and students alike. Benedetti’s thorough introduction situates Marinella and her works within early seventeenth-century Venetian culture and the Counter-Reformation more broadly, in a way that is profoundly influenced by philology and is also theoretically sound.
—Maria Galli Stampino
Associate Professor of French and Italian
University of Miami

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"With this translation of Marinella’s Exhortations to Women and to Others If They Please we can now read another crucial text from her extensive body of work, one that signals a radical ideological shift from her best known text, The Nobility and Excellence of Women; we can thus enjoy a fuller picture of the author and her opinions. Only three copies of Exhortations have been located in any library, and in the absence of a critical edition this translation will prove to be a point of reference for scholars and students alike. Benedetti’s thorough introduction situates Marinella and her works within early seventeenth-century Venetian culture and the Counter-Reformation more broadly, in a way that is profoundly influenced by philology and is also theoretically sound."
 

-Maria Galli Stampino, University of Miami

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
The Other Voice: A Rediscovery and a Revision 1
Marinella’s Life and Works 2
Esortazioni 17
Note on the Translation 34
Lucrezia Marinella: Exhortations to Women and to Others if They Please 39
Bibliography 205
Index 217

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