Eighteenth-century Italian playwright Pietro Chiari specific the age he lived in 'The Century of ladies' - an age while girls received substantial strength via schooling and admission to varied educational positions and professions. established as a longer disputation, this e-book tells the story of 5 paradigmatic and ideologically divergent eighteenth-century Italian texts by way of female and male authors whose leitmotif is lady. those contain an educational debate, a systematic tract, an oration, an Enlightenment magazine, and a way journal. research makes a speciality of the explicit ways that the exigencies of the 'new technological know-how' and the burgeoning Enlightenment undertaking based on rational civil legislation, secular ethical philosophy, and utilitarian social ethics pressured a metamorphosis within the formal controversy approximately women.
By uncovering the features of the expansive dominant discourse approximately girls between Italian Enlightenment thinkers and of the counter-discourse ladies authors produced to say their very own designated authority over buildings of femininity and the general public sphere, this learn reconceives eighteenth-century Italian tradition and rectifies misconceptions approximately Italy's place and impression in the literary republic of the eu Enlightenment. Groundbreaking and unique, this learn is the 1st to envision the contribution of ladies to the Republic of Letters of the Settecento, and may revise winning notions of eighteenth-century Italian tradition and academia.