"Princesses, Courtesans, and Warrior Women: Italian Renaissance Women in Fantasy and Reality"

Presented by Ian Moulton

Professor of English, School of Letters & Sciences, ASU

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM, Changing Hands Bookstore

Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation and Project Humanities at Arizona State University

About the Program

Sophisticated courtesans, brilliant noblewomen, fictional warrior women: the women of the Italian Renaissance have often been idealized and glamorized in paintings, popular books and films. But did Italian women have a Renaissance? What was life like for courtesans like Veronica Franco or noblewomen like Lucrezia Borgia? What opportunities did real women have for power and self-expression? How did fiction and myth compare to the actual lives of early modern women?

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.

His first book, Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2000) addresses the place of explicitly erotic writing in early modern English culture, with a special emphasis on the relations between erotic writing and the politics of gender and national identity. In addition, he produced the first English translation of Antonio Vignali's Renaissance Italian erotic dialogue La Cazzaria (Routledge 2003), a volume that has been acclaimed in the New Yorker, the L.A. Times, and elsewhere. Dr. Moulton has published on Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists, and also on the history of reading and the interaction between manuscript and print culture. He is an active member of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, serving on the Center's Advisory Board and chairing the editorial board for the book series Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He has twice led the ACMRS summer study abroad program at Cambridge University. Dr. Moulton is fluent in French and Italian, as well as reading Latin, Spanish, and Ancient Greek. His other interests include Classical culture, Renaissance art history, and film studies. His wife Wendy Williams, a former high school teacher, is a PhD student in English Education at ASU.