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Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Exhortations to Women and to Others if They Please, Lucrezia Marinella

219 pp. / 978-0-7727-2114-3 / Softcover / $27.95

219 pp. / 978-0-7727-2114-3 / Softcover / $27.95

Edited and Translated by Laura Benedetti

“With this translation of Marinella’s Exhortations to Women and to Others if They Please we can now read another crucial text from her extensive body of work, one that signals a radical ideological shift from her best known text, The Nobility and Excellence of Women; we can thus enjoy a fuller picture of the author and her opinions. Only three copies of the Exhortations have been located in any library, and in the absence of a critical edition this translation will prove to be a point of reference for scholars and students alike. Benedetti’s thorough introduction situates Marinella and her works within early seventeenth-century Venetian culture – and the Counter-Reformation more broadly – in a way that is profoundly influenced by philology and is also theoretically sound.”
– Maria Galli Stampino, Associate Professor of French and Italian, University of Miami

To view an excerpt of this work, please click here (PDF).

The Editor:

Laura Benedetti is the Laura and Gaetano De Sole Professor of Contemporary Italian Culture and Chair of the Italian Department at Georgetown University. She is the author of La sconfitta di Diana. Un percorso per la Gerusalemme Liberata and The Tigress in the Snow: Motherhood and Literature in Twentieth-Century Italy (winner of the 2008 Flaiano International Prize for Italian Studies).

To Order:

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies no longer sells or distributes books in “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series.” Starting July 2015, volumes can be purchased by individuals and institutions from the Chicago Distribution Center. Contact CDC by email (, by fax (800-621-8476 or 773-702-7212), or by phone (800-621-2736 or 773-702-7000).

219 pp. / 978-0-7727-2114-3 / Softcover / $27.95

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