Abstract

Abstract:

The correspondence of the Florentine patrician woman Luisa Donati Strozzi (1434–1510) has remained curiously neglected by scholars. Different from the intensively studied epistolary case of Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi, Luisa's letters to her sons from the hostland of Ferrara document the interplay between the victimhood and agency of this widowed émigrée during the exile of her menfolk. On the one hand, the letters reveal the suppression of female agency and the suffering occasioned. But Luisa's victimhood was neither passive nor monolithic. Rather, out of the crucible experience of exile, Luisa created a potent space for her agency at the Este court.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1832-8334
Print ISSN
0313-6221
Pages
pp. 99-131
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-13
Open Access
No
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