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Isabella d’Este: Marriage, Motherhood, and Management in a Renaissance Italian Court
February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
A talk by: Deanna Shemek (University of California, Irvine)
Deanna Shemek is a Professor of Italian and European Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is author of Ladies Errant: Wayward Women and Social Order in Early Modern Italy (1998) and of the forthcoming volume, In Continuous Expectation: Isabella d’Este’s Epistolary Dominion (2020). Her collaboration editing includes Phaetbon’s Children: The Este Court and its Culture in Early Modern Ferrara (2005), Writing Relations: American Scholars in Italian Archives (2008), and Itinera chartarum: 150 anni dell’Archivio di Stato di Mantova (2019). She edited and co-translated Adriana Cavarero’s Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender (1995). Her edition and translation of the Selected Letters of Isabella d’Este (2017) won the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s 2018 prize for the best translation of the Italian Renaissance, which has won a major grant from the NEH.