Machiavelli In Love: Sex, Self, And Society In The Italian Renaissance by Guido RuggieroMachiavelli In Love: Sex, Self, And Society In The Italian Renaissance by Guido Ruggiero

Machiavelli In Love: Sex, Self, And Society In The Italian Renaissance

byGuido Ruggiero

Paperback | November 4, 2010

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Machiavelli in Love introduces a complex concept of sex and sexual identity and their roles in the culture and politics of the Italian Renaissance. Guido Ruggiero's study counters the consensus among historians and literary critics that there was little sense of individual identity and almost no sense of sexual identity before the modern period.

Drawing from the works of major literary figures such as Boccaccio, Aretino, and Castiglione, and rereading them against archival evidence, Ruggiero examines the concept of identity via consensus realities of family, neighbors, friends, and social peers, as well as broader communities and solidarities. The author contends that Renaissance Italians understood sexual identity as a part of the human life cycle, something that changed throughout stages of youthful experimentation, marriage, adult companionship, and old age.

Machiavelli's letters and literary production reveal a fascinating construction of self that is highly reliant on sexual reputation. Ruggiero's challenging reinterpretation of this canonical figure, as well as his unique treatment of other major works of the period, offer new approaches for reading Renaissance literature and new understandings of the way life was lived and perceived during this time.

Guido Ruggiero is professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Miami. He is coeditor and cotranslator of Five Comedies from the Italian Renaissance, also published by Johns Hopkins, and author of several books, including Sex and Gender in Historical Perspective; Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and...
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Title:Machiavelli In Love: Sex, Self, And Society In The Italian RenaissanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:November 4, 2010Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801898358

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Ruggiero provides challenging accounts of public ethics and private morality by analysing a selection of literary and archival material. Armed with humour and determination, he deciphers the subtle codes of Renaissance narratives, and comments on the various ways in which identity and sexuality were constructed, understood and politicised.