Shining Eyes, Cruel Fortune The Lives and Loves of Italian Renaissance Women Poets

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-06-01
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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This book presents the life stories of twelve extraordinary women who lived passionately and recorded in poetry their happiness and heartbreaks. Our English translations of their poetry are intended to make their poems seem to speak their thoughts, and we have included a CD with sixty-eight of their poems recorded in Italian literature, so that we do in fact hear their thoughts. In addition, several chapters take up some controversial art-historical problems centered on one or another of the women, suggesting possible solutions. This copiously illustrated, interdisciplinary book of 239 poems--"poetry-in-context"--- is not an anthology; together with the CD of readings, and the challenging art-historical discussions of several paintings, it is unique. There is no other similar book.

Author Biography

Irma B. Jaffe is former chair of Fordham University's Department of Art History and Music. She currently resides in New York City

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword xv
Aldo Scaglione
Author's Note xxi
Preface xxiii
Acknowledgments xxxi
Veronica Gambara (1481550)
Shining Eyes
Vittoria Colonna (1491547)
Cruel Fortune
Tullia d'Aragoria (1505 / 151556)
From Bed to Verse
Chiara Matraini (1511604)
The Poet as Sibyl
Isabella di Morra (1515/20-1548?) and Diego Sandoval de Castro (ca. 1501546)
The Scene of the Crime-Revisited
Laura Terracina (151ca. 1577)
Laura Battiferra (1521589) and Agnolo Bronzino (1501572)
A Poet, a Painter, a Portrait, and a Poem
Gaspara Stampa (ca.1521554)
In Love with Love
Isotta Brembate (ca. 1530-1586)
Paintings, Poetry, and Murder
Tarquinia Molza (1541617)
The One and Only
Veronica Franca (1541591)
The Unhappy Courtesan
Moderata Fonte/Modesta da Pozzo (1551592)
Worthy Women
Additional Bibliography 411(6)
Index 417(8)
Index of First Lines and CD Tracks 425

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