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By Rinaldina Russell

During the last twenty years, there was an expanding curiosity in feminist perspectives of the Italian literary culture. whereas feminist concept and method were authorized via the educational neighborhood within the united states, the placement is especially various in Italy, the place such paintings has been performed mostly open air the academy. between nonspecialists, wisdom of feminist techniques to Italian literature, or even of the life of Italian girls writers, is still scant. This reference paintings, the 1st of its variety on Italian literature, is a spouse quantity for all who desire to examine Italian literary tradition and writings, either through girls and by way of males, in mild of feminist thought. integrated are alphabetically prepared entries for authors, colleges, pursuits, genres and varieties, figures and kinds, and related themes on the topic of Italian literature from the center a while to the current. each one access is written through a professional contributor and summarizes feminist proposal at the topic. Entries supply short bibliographies, and the amount concludes with a particular, basic bibliography of significant reviews.

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New York: Columbia University Press, 1993. URSULA FANNING Boccaccio, Giovanni (1313–1375). Medieval Italian literature is dominated by the writings of men whose vision of medieval society, politics, history, and culture proved powerful and compelling for successive generations of readers. Medieval Italian women offer but the briefest glimpses of an alternate vision. Feminist readers of medieval Italian literature—especially those disillusioned by the representation of women in Dante* and Petrarch*—have looked to Boccaccio for a reassuring sign.

In contrast to this singular entry, the opening twenty-four verses of canto 37, which comprise the poem’s digression into the subject of women and fame, swell with the virtues of Ariosto’s male contemporaries, of male poets and writers (seventeen in all, including the poet himself) who take it upon themselves to praise women in their pages. Given its male-oriented outcome, can such an appeal be properly termed ‘‘feminist’’? Such ambiguities concerning the treatment of women are not unusual in the Orlando furioso.

251–53. Bulifon, Antonio (1649–1707). Antonio Bulifon deserves a mention here for his editorial activity in favor of women writers. He was born in the Dauphine´, France, and moved to Naples in 1670. Here he set up a printing firm that specialized in travel books, histories of the city, and sixteenth-century lyric poetry, with special attention for women’s work. In 1692 he reissued Rime di M. Vittoria Colonna. In 1693, he published Rime spirituali della Signora Vittoria Colonna; Rime delle signore Lucrezia Marinella, Veronica Gambara, Isabella della Morra .

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