Courtesans of Venice: Veronica Franco, Angela Zaffetta, and Tullia d’Aragona.

Presented by Ian Moulton
Professor of English, School of Letters & Sciences, ASU

About the Program
In the sixteenth century, Venice was renowned for its glamorous and sophisticated prostitutes. Trained to entertain wealthy, powerful, and educated men, courtesans were accomplished musicians and writers as well as being famous for their sexual abilities. Paradoxically, prostitution allowed a small group of courtesans access to higher education and a chance of financial independence denied most early modern women. But the social status of the courtesan was extremely precarious and their lives were often cut short by violence or disease.
About Ian Moulton
Ian Frederick Moulton, Faculty Head of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication in the School of Letters and Sciences at ASU, is a cultural historian and literary scholar whose research focuses on the representation of gender and sexuality in early modern literature. He was born in London, UK, raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and received his Ph.D. in English from Columbia University before joining ASU as an Assistant Professor in 1995. He is currently working on a book on the dissemination of ideas of romantic love in the book market in the sixteenth century.

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