Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch

Diego Zancani

in Petrarch in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146

Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch

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This chapter traces the origin of the rejection of Petrarch and misogyny during the Renaissance period. It investigates some aspects of a reaction against the Petrarchan poetic clichés among Italian writers with some reference to a few English Elizabethan texts. It shows a model which depicts how an idealised view of one woman can be used to create a negative, basically chaotic, and even scurrilous image, in a period in which parody and mocking texts abound.

Keywords: Petrarch; misogyny; Renaissance period; Petrarchan poetic clichés; Italian writers; Elizabethan texts

Chapter.  6636 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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