Playing With Gender

Playing With Gender

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This book takes gender as its point of entry into the comedies of Carlo Goldoni (170793). The dramatization of femininity and masculinity is explored in conjunction with that of other social categories (class, the family, age). The plays reinforce the patriarchal association of femininity with the body, with spectacle, and with theatricality, while the dramatic backdrop of Venice and carnival provides a unique context for the staging of issues relating to identity, disguise and fashion. In the plays, pretence and theatricality vie with bourgeois Enlightenment values of morality, honesty and respectability to produce dramatic tension with distinct gender implications. Maggie Guensberg is the author of Patriarchal Representations: Gender and Discourse in Pirandellois Theatre, Gender and the Italian Stage: from the Renaissance to the Present, and The Epic Rhetoric of Tasso: Theory and Practice, and is currently working on a book entitled Bellissima: Gender, Genre and Italian Cinema. She is Professor of Italian at the University of Manchester.... but acts as an instruction manual for wives whose duty it is to illuminate and win over their straying husbands by using ... His affair with Beatrice, a Marchesa whom he serves as cavalier servente, is therefore given a degree of vindication in aanbsp;...

Title:Playing With Gender
Author: Maggie Günsberg
Publisher:Maney Pub - 2001

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