VIC342H1 Lecture 7: Week 7 - Archangela Tarabotti

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Manuela Scarci

Archangela Tarabotti Born 1604, died 1652 At 11 she was sent to the Benedictine Vincent of SantAnna in Sestiere di Castello, in Venice Took her first vows in 1620 and took her final vows in 1623 vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, stability (same convent until death) Inherits from her father a physical handicap lame, which marked her as unmarriageable Initially refused to cut her hair Cardinal Cornaro succeeded in making her less defiant, at least in appearance She cut her hair and gave up vanities but did not change her way of thinking Writes satire and anti satire Appalled at the quality of education girls received in convents, she herself was read in ancient and contemporary literature Friendship and support of Giovanni Francesco Loredan rich, distinguished, powerful Venetian aristocrat, founder of the prestigious Academy of the Unknown, said to promote anti Catholic sentiments. She dedicates her volume of Letters to Loredan With her letters Tarabotti enters fully into the public arena Like Veronica Franco, corresponding as an equal with the foremost intellectuals of her time Nuns were prohibited from writing or receiving letters, for they had to sever all ties with the world Among other things, they reveal just how much she cared for her own writings and wanted them published Friendship ends with Loredan a satire against women; specifically criticizing women for their love of luxuries, was delivered by Francesco Buoninsegni of Siena in the Academy Tarabotti answered with an Antisatire criticizing men for much the same Her work Whether women belong to the same species as men: in defense of women was in response to a misogynist book. The tract on the basis of scriptural evidence, aimed to prove that women had no soul and therefore, where, like animals, excluded from salvation Paternal Tyranny aka Innocence Betrayed changed the title to get it published. Added sections to God and to the Reader New sections try to rebut criticism Publication was difficult for Paternal Tyranny and Monastic Hell, no support from Loredan Loredan = high political profile in Venice, had 2 sisters in convents, proponent and supporter of policy restricting marriages in Venice Paternal Tyranny Book 1: many themes which surface again in the next two books, reinterpretation of Genesis, concept of free will Book 2: specifically against the social and political aspects of the confinement of young girls in convents, direct addresses to fathers, analysis of economic aspects of marriage market To The Most Serene Venetian Republic P.17 As far as the remotest are its beneficiaries
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