Arcangela Tarabotti, Letters Familiar and Formal

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 20

Arcangela Tarabotti, Letters Familiar and Formal

Edited by Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater
2012 | 319 pp. | 978-0-7727-2132-7 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$31.95 |

OVEME v20
Edited and translated by Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2013 award for Best Translation of 2012

Coerced into taking the veil, Venetian writer Arcangela Tarabotti (1604–1652) spent her life protesting the practice of forcing girls into convents. Her fearless defense of women and attacks on patriarchal Venetian society earned her renown and access to the presses. Her publications, however, invited constant controversy. Tarabotti published her Letters Familiar and Formal to protect and enhance her literary reputation while also chronicling contemporary literary society and material existence in an early modern convent. The Letters flaunted Tarabotti’s literary accomplishments, humiliated her critics, and advertised her powerful network of allies in Northern Italy and France. The Letters document how Tarabotti established herself as one of the most forceful proponents for women’s self-determination in early modern Europe.