Distinguished International Visiting Scholar Dacia Maraini: "From Convent to Brothel: Women's Writers"
Wednesday, February 27 at 5:30pm
Lippitt Hall, Audotorium 402 5 Lippitt Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
Public Talk in English
"From Convent to Brothel: Women's Writers"
Ms. Dacia Maraini, an Italian writer, poet, journalist and scholar will be at the University for a series of readings and performances.
For this talk, Maraini will discuss women thinkers and writers in the Middle Ages. Though they are little known and little studied, many such writers were either in convents, where they were free from having children and were permitted to study; or they were courtesans who were educated enough to hold conversations at all levels with the most famous intellectuals of their day. Maraini will speak about three 16th-century Italian courtesan writers: Veronica Franco, Gaspara Stampa and Tullia D'Aragona.
Ms. Maraini's emphasis is in interdisciplinary scholarship and multiple forms of creative work with a social and political focus on women's rights and prevention of violence against women worldwide.
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