Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226048772 Published January 2005
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226048789 Published January 2005
E-book $7.00 to $29.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226048796 Published November 2007

Urania

A Romance

Giulia Bigolina

Urania
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Giulia Bigolina

Edited and Translated by Valeria Finucci
208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2005
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226048772 Published January 2005
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226048789 Published January 2005
E-book $7.00 to $29.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226048796 Published November 2007
Presented for the first time in a critical English edition, Urania: A Romance provides modern readers with a rare glimpse into the novel and novella forms at a time when narrative genres were not only being invented but, in the hands of women like Giulia Bigolina (1518?-1569?), used as vehicles for literary experimentation.

The first known prose romance written by a woman in Italian, Bigolina's Urania centers on the monomaniacal love of a female character falling into melancholy when her beloved leaves her for a more beautiful woman. A tale that includes many of the conventions that would later become standards of the genre—cross-dressing, travel, epic skirmishes, and daring deeds—Urania also contains the earliest treatise on the worth of women.

Also included in this volume, the novella Giulia Camposampiero is the only extant part of a probable longer narrative written in the style of the Decameron. While employing some of those same gender and role reversals as Urania, including the privileging of heroic constancy in both men and women, it chronicles the tribulations that a couple undergoes until their secret marriage is publicly recognized.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Note on Translation
Series Editors' Introduction
Giulia Bigolina and Italian Prose Fiction in the Renaissance
Volume Editor's Bibliography

Novella of Giulia Camposampiero and Tesibaldo Vitaliani, with English translation on facing pages

Urania
Dedicatory Epistle
The Letter
Questions of Love
The Worth of Women
Life with Emilia
The Duchess
The Love Triangle
Return to Salerno

Series Editors' Bibliography
Index
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