Tullia d'Aragona ca.1510-1556
Tullia d'Aragona was a well-known, prolific author who published a canzoniere Rime della Signora Tullia di Aragona e di diversi a lei . It is comprised, as its title suggests, of poems--mostly sonnets--written by d'Aragona or addressed to her by a number of Italian men of letters or members of the Florentine ruling class. Her status as a writer has been recognized since her inception as an author, although, as a courtesan, she was also subject to derision by some sixteenth-century men of letters.
D'Aragona's neo-Platonic Dialogue on the Infinity of Love, examines women's sexual and emotional autonomy in exchanges of romantic love. Never before has a woman dared to write on the topic of love; d'Aragona's entry into this male-dominated arena is unprecedented. Through her writings, she also links the issues of love and sex to the broader treatment of women. Thus the refined and entertaining d'Aragona is making a unique contribution to Italy's cultural and social history.
D'Aragona's epic poem Il Guerrino, altramente detto il Meschino was published posthumously by Sessa in 1560.
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