Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Lu Ann Homza
In 1617, at the tender age of 13, Arcangela Tarabotti was forced by her family to leave their home and enter the Venetian convent of Sant’Anna. As an advocate not only of gender equality, but female superiority, Tarabotti fought on behalf of women who suffered under Venice’s patriarchal institutions that robbed them of their liberty. This study aims to examine the intersection between the time and space in which Tarabotti lived and her experiences as expressed through her writings. In this thesis, I will examine the manner in which the contents of her writings — emotions, tone, self-image, and beliefs — evolved as she published her works, while providing a framework for contextualizing Tarabotti in light of the broader Venetian landscape.
Connell, Zoe, "A Voice from the Convent: Arcangela Tarabotti in Tridentine Venice" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1590.
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