Cloth $56.00 ISBN: 9780226789651 Published January 2004
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226789668 Published January 2004
E-book $7.00 to $29.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226789675 Published November 2007

Paternal Tyranny

Arcangela Tarabotti

Paternal Tyranny
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Arcangela Tarabotti

Edited and Translated by Letizia Panizza
211 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2004
Cloth $56.00 ISBN: 9780226789651 Published January 2004
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226789668 Published January 2004
E-book $7.00 to $29.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226789675 Published November 2007
Sharp-witted and sharp-tongued, Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-52) yearned to be formally educated and enjoy an independent life in Venetian literary circles. But instead, at sixteen, her father forced her into a Benedictine convent. To protest her confinement, Tarabotti composed polemical works exposing the many injustices perpetrated against women of her day.

Paternal Tyranny, the first of these works, is a fiery but carefully argued manifesto against the oppression of women by the Venetian patriarchy. Denouncing key misogynist texts of the era, Tarabotti shows how despicable it was for Venice, a republic that prided itself on its political liberties, to deprive its women of rights accorded even to foreigners. She accuses parents of treating convents as dumping grounds for disabled, illegitimate, or otherwise unwanted daughters. Finally, through compelling feminist readings of the Bible and other religious works, Tarabotti demonstrates that women are clearly men's equals in God's eyes.

An avenging angel who dared to speak out for the rights of women nearly four centuries ago, Arcangela Tarabotti can now finally be heard.
Kate Lowe | Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"This scathing treatise by a seventeenth-century Venetian nun . . . should make uneasy reading for historians, theologians, Catholics, fathers, mothers, and brothers alike, as it exposes a system whereby daughters in Counter-Reformation Venice were 'imprisoned' in convents as nuns. . . . It is unusual to hear quite so loudly and clearly what a woman (let alone a nun) thought of her life in seventeenth-century Catholic Europe."
Contents
Acknowledgments
Series Editors' Introduction
Volume Editor's Introduction
Volume Editor's Bibliography
Paternal Tyranny
Dedication
Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Appendix One: Arcangelo Tarabotti
Appendix Two: Ferrante Pallavicino
Series Editors' Bibliography
Index
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