By Lucrezia Marinella
Marinella's masterpiece, The the Aristocracy and Excellence of ladies, and the Defects and Vices of Men was once first released in 1600, composed at a livid velocity in resolution to Giusepe Passi's diatribe approximately women's alleged defects. This polemic monitors Marinella's massive wisdom of the Italian poetic culture and demonstrates her skill to argue opposed to authors of the misogynist culture from Boccaccio to Torquato Tasso. attempting to impression actual social swap, Marinella argued that morally, intellectually, and in lots of alternative routes, girls are stronger to men.
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22 "Quella gloriosa Vrttoria che ottiene la divina parte nostra contra II senso" [no pagination]. 1618 Venice edition used. In line with Counter-Reformation suspicions about the use of pagan mythology, Marinella makes explicit that the names of gods and goddesses are metaphors of psychological drives, not references to true divinities. Cupid thus represents the lower appetites' desire for vam and lascivious delights; juprter, the intellect who puts Cupid under his control, [upiter's Council, the union of intellect and the virtues against the senses, and so on.
27. De'gestiheroicie dellavita maraoiqliosa dellaseraficaS. Librisei Ne' quali,nonsenzastuporese legge,IaNascita e pueritiadi Caterina;l' Amorereciprocotra I' EternoSignore,& Essa,IeApparitioniDivine;IeNozze Celestiali;leAstinenzeincredibili;IecontinueFlagellationi. (Venice: Barezzo Barezzi, 1624). Barezzi's letter to the reader, fols. a3ro-a4ro. 28. See entry by E. Dupre Theseider in DizionariobiograficodegliItaliani, hereafter OBI, (22), 361-79, for the vast hagiographic literature about Cathenne accumulated In the fifteenth and sixteenth centunes A Dominican Tertiary who never joined a religious order, although she gathered a "family" around her, Cathenne provided a model for laywomen wishing to lead a devout life in the world.
Women are also jealous, inconstant and fickle, inquisitive, quarrelsome, hypocritical, vain, cowardly, good-for-nothing, stubborn, idle, thieving, tyrannical, fraudulent, liars and chatterboxes. Finally, they are unable to resist the blows of fortune-part of their feebleness (chapters 21 to 35). Passi drew on classical and modern authorities, Latin and vernacular ones, the Bible, Fathers of the dialogue form of the debate arguing the pros and cons of matrimony allows Passi plenty of scope to recycle the same material from Deidonneschidifettiwhile granting that there may be some value m taking a wife.
The nobility and excellence of women, and the defects and vices of men by Lucrezia Marinella