Machiavelli in Love: Sex, Self, and Society in the Italian Renaissance

Machiavelli in Love Sex Self and Society in the Italian Renaissance Machiavelli in Love introduces a complex concept of sex and sexual identity and their roles in the culture and politics of the Italian Renaissance Guido Ruggiero s study counters the consensus among h

  • Title: Machiavelli in Love: Sex, Self, and Society in the Italian Renaissance
  • Author: Guido Ruggiero
  • ISBN: 9780801885167
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Machiavelli in Love introduces a complex concept of sex and sexual identity and their roles in the culture and politics of the Italian Renaissance Guido Ruggiero s study counters the consensus among historians and literary critics that there was little sense of individual identity and almost no sense of sexual identity before the modern period.Drawing from the works of maMachiavelli in Love introduces a complex concept of sex and sexual identity and their roles in the culture and politics of the Italian Renaissance Guido Ruggiero s study counters the consensus among historians and literary critics that there was little sense of individual identity and almost no sense of sexual identity before the modern period.Drawing from the works of major literary figures such as Boccaccio, Aretino, and Castiglione, and rereading them against archival evidence, Ruggiero examines the concept of identity via consensus realities of family, neighbors, friends, and social peers, as well as broader communities and solidarities The author contends that Renaissance Italians understood sexual identity as a part of the human life cycle, something that changed throughout stages of youthful experimentation, marriage, adult companionship, and old age.Machiavelli s letters and literary production reveal a fascinating construction of self that is highly reliant on sexual reputation Ruggiero s challenging reinterpretation of this canonical figure, as well as his unique treatment of other major works of the period, offer new approaches for reading Renaissance literature and new understandings of the way life was lived and perceived during this time.

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    1. A fascinating consideration of the place of sexuality and identity in the Renaissance, with a particularly good discussion of the trick Brunelleschi played on Grosso.It's not as much about Machiavelli as you might imagine from the title, but none the worse for that. It's really a set of essays considering various aspects of the subject from a variery of angles -- everything from the role of the devil to playfulness, and from Boccaccio to Castiglione, with consideration of literary and judicial t [...]

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