Moral combat is a very important piece of scholarship that sheds new light on the early modern italian imaginary of women in war and thus opens new interpretive venues for early modern italian literature konrad eisenbichler department of italian studies university of toronto. Moral combat women gender and war in italian renaissance literature 2018 university of toronto press by gerry milligan the author in conversation with virginia cox nyu clare carroll cuny and jane tylus yale the italian sixteenth century offers the first sustained discussion of womens militarism since antiquity. A womans prowess at arms was asserted to be a cultural symptom of mens shortcomings moral combat ultimately argues that the popularity of the warrior woman in sixteenth century italian literature was due to her dual function of shame and praise calling men to action and signaling potential victory to a disempowered people. Book presentation of moral combat women gender and war in italian renaissance literature 2018 university of toronto press by gerry milligan cuny the author in conversation with virginia . The renaissance debate about warrior women was the continuation of an ancient conversation among men about womens physical weakness mens moral obligation to protect the vulnerable and womens political and moral commitment to domestic concerns
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