Isabella Andreini, La Mirtilla: A Pastoral
This comic masterpiece is the first known pastoral play written by a woman, the accomplished and erudite Isabella Andreini (1562-1604), poet, playwright, member of the academy of Pavia, and co-director of the famous Gelosi company with her husband, Francesco Andreini. She imitates the conceits of Tasso's Aminta and writes in response to the texts of her male counterparts on subjects such as mythology, Platonic philosophy, literary theory, and questioni d'amore. The text, available for the first time in English, will interest students of Renaissance drama and women's studies.
Translated with an introduction and notes by Julie Campbell