Letters Familiar and Formal

Arcangela Tarabotti

Letters Familiar and Formal

Arcangela Tarabotti

Distributed for Iter Press

Edited and Translated by Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater
319 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9780772721327 Published November 2012
Coerced into taking the veil, Venetian writer Arcangela Tarabotti (1604–1652) spent her life protesting the practice of forcing girls into convents. Her fearless defense of women and attacks on patriarchal Venetian society earned her renown and access to the presses. Her publications, however, invited constant controversy. Tarabotti published her Letters Familiar and Formal to protect and enhance her literary reputation while also chronicling contemporary literary society and material existence in an early modern convent. The Letters flaunted Tarabotti’s literary accomplishments, humiliated her critics, and advertised her powerful network of allies in Northern Italy and France. The Letters document how Tarabotti established herself as one of the most forceful proponents for women’s self-determination in early modern Europe.
Contents
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction
Arcangela Tarabotti: A Life of Letters 1
A Note on the Translation 41
Abbreviations 44
Map of Seventeenth-Century Venice including the Convent of Sant’Anna 45
Letters Familiar and Formal Presented by Arcangela Tarabotti to Her Most Illustrious and Esteemed Patron Giovan Francesco Loredano 47
The Tears of Arcangela Tarabotti upon the Death of the Most Illustrious Signora Regina Donati 285
Bibliography 297
Index 309
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