Vol. 7 (2018): Out Loud: Practices of Reading and Reciting in Early Modern Times edited by Riccardo Bruscagli and Luca Degl’Innocenti
Part Two - Case Studies

‘Donna il cui carme gli animi soggioga’: Eighteenth-Century Italian Women Improvisers

Antonella Giordano
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI
Published March 10, 2018
How to Cite
Giordano, A. (2018). ‘Donna il cui carme gli animi soggioga’: Eighteenth-Century Italian Women Improvisers. Journal of Early Modern Studies, 7, 139-155. https://doi.org/10.13128/JEMS-2279-7149-22841

Abstract

The article, by way of the careers of two of the most famous eighteenth century Italian improvisers, Corilla Olimpica and Teresa Bandettini, investigates the way in which favourable socio-cultural circumstances allowed a number of Italian women living in the 18th century to make use of the widespread fashion of their time for extempore poetry to excel in an occupation, gaining success together with acceptance and advancement in society, thus taking one of the earliest steps forward in the history of women’s liberation.