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The Contest for Knowledge: Debates over Women's Learning in Eighteenth-Century Italy

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Abstract

At a time when women were generally excluded from scholarly discourse in the intellectual centers of Europe, four extraordinary female letterate proved their parity as they lectured in prominent scientific and literary academies and published in respected journals. During the Italian Enlightenment, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Giuseppa Eleonora Barbapiccola, Diamante Medaglia Faini, and Aretafila Savini de' Rossi were afforded unprecedented deference in academic debates and epitomized the increasing ability of women to influence public discourse. This book reveals how these four women used the method ... More

Keywords: women, scholarly discourse, Europe, letterate, Italian Enlightenment, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Giuseppa Eleonora Barbapiccola, Diamante Medaglia Faini, Aretafila Savini de' Rossi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226010540
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226010564.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Gaetana Agnesi, author