Lyric Poetry by Women of the Italian Renaissance

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JHU Press, Jul 31, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 472 pages

Bilingual, annotated edition of more than 200 poems by Italian Renaissance women, many of which have never before been published in English.

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Lyric Poetry by Women of the Italian Renaissance is the first modern anthology of verse by Italian women of this period to give a full representation of the richness and diversity of their output. Although familiar authors such as Vittoria Colonna, Gaspara Stampa, and Veronica Gambara are well represented, half of the fifty-four poets featured are unknown even to many specialists. Especially noteworthy is an extensive selection of verse from the period following 1560, which has received little or no critical attention. This later, strikingly experimental, proto-Baroque tradition of verse is reconstructed here for the first time.

Virginia Cox creates both a scholarly teaching resource and a collection of poetry accessible to general readers with no previous knowledge of the Italian poetic tradition. Each poem is presented in its original language, accompanied by a translation and commentary. An introduction traces the history of Italian lyric poetry from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. Cox also provides a guide to meter, rhythm, and rhyme, as well as a glossary of rhetorical terms and a biographical dictionary of authors.

Organized thematically, this book offers poems about love, religion, and politics; verse addressed to patrons, friends, family, and places; and polemical and correspondence verse. Four languages are represented: Greek, Latin, literary Tuscan of various levels of standardization, and the stylized rustic dialect of pavan. The volume contains more than 200 poems, of which about a quarter have never before been published in a modern edition and more than a third have not previously been available in English translation.

"Exhaustive and insightful . . . This is an amazing book, a major achievement in the field of women's studies."—Renaissance Quarterly, reviewing Women’s Writing in Italy, 1400–1650

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Amorous Verse
69
Religious Verse
187
Correspondence Verse
267
Encomia of Rulers and Patrons
286
Political Verse
304
Polemical and Manifesto Verse
327
Verse of Friendship and Family Love
338
Verse of Place and Selfhood
359
Comic and Dialect Verse
382
Notes on Authors
391
APPENDIXES
401
Glossary
421
Bibliography
425
Index
441
Copyright

Other in morte Verse
354

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Virginia Cox is a professor of Italian and director of graduate studies at New York University. She is author of The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy and Women’s Writing in Italy, 1400–1650, both published by Johns Hopkins.

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