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«..Cessate dir male de le donne!». Echi della querelle des femmes europea nel primo Rinascimento italiano (1520-1540)
Journal Title: HISTORIA MAGISTRA 
Author/s: Francesca Lotti 
Year:  2015 Issue: 19 Language: Italian 
Pages:  13 Pg. 47-59 FullText PDF:  109 KB
DOI:  10.3280/HM2015-019006
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This paper aims to analyze some texts appeared in the fifteenth and sixteenth century in defense of the importance of women’s role in the family economy and civic life: texts belonging to a typically humanistic school of thought which had intended to defend women against the dominant position, which had stamped a mark on the woman’s subordination to man. The intent of these texts is counterstriking to the arguments used in support of the inferiority of the woman and instead demonstrating her parity with the masculine gender; while some authors are devoted to outlining portraits of famous women for their virtues, others focus on the defense of the woman from the charge of being a temptress and weaver of deceptions and lies: in some treaties - such as the Dialogo de gli incantamenti by Angelo Forte (1533) - refusal of misogyny connects to the criticism on the reality of witchcraft.
Keywords: Women, Renaissance, Witchcraft, Humanism, Misogyny, Physiognomy.

Francesca Lotti, in "HISTORIA MAGISTRA" 19/2015, pp. 47-59, DOI:10.3280/HM2015-019006

   

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