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On Wives and Sexual Commerce in Italian Comedies

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Italian laws regarding marriage, inheritance, sodomy, and parental authority helped create a context in which love and matrimony plots were utterly compelling for early modern Italian theater audiences. Against this backdrop, humanist plays relentlessly critiqued the frustrating impotence of older husbands, celebrated the vitality of young lovers, and legitimated the pragmatic solutions found by clever and resourceful wives. The young lovers and the old men in these comic texts have been the focus of substantial critical analyses of late. My paper will turn to the figure of the wives and mothers who, in some striking instances, are presented as pimps or prostitutes. Taking Ariosto's La Lena and Machiavelli's Mandragola as primary examples, I will explore what kind of "identity construction" may have been taking place for the married women who viewed these plays.
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Shemek, Deanna. "On Wives and Sexual Commerce in Italian Comedies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481872_index.html>

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Shemek, D. "On Wives and Sexual Commerce in Italian Comedies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481872_index.html

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Abstract: Italian laws regarding marriage, inheritance, sodomy, and parental authority helped create a context in which love and matrimony plots were utterly compelling for early modern Italian theater audiences. Against this backdrop, humanist plays relentlessly critiqued the frustrating impotence of older husbands, celebrated the vitality of young lovers, and legitimated the pragmatic solutions found by clever and resourceful wives. The young lovers and the old men in these comic texts have been the focus of substantial critical analyses of late. My paper will turn to the figure of the wives and mothers who, in some striking instances, are presented as pimps or prostitutes. Taking Ariosto's La Lena and Machiavelli's Mandragola as primary examples, I will explore what kind of "identity construction" may have been taking place for the married women who viewed these plays.


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