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A Cloistered Nun Abroad: Arcangela Tarabotti's International Literary Career

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Arcangela Tarabotti entered the Sant'Anna convent - in an insalubrious spot on the outskirts of Venice - at the age of thirteen, and though she professed and was consecrated as a nun, she never resigned herself to the perpetual enclosure that her religious life imposed. This chapter examines Tarabotti's publication efforts as documented in her Letters and the ever-widening geographic arc these attempts traced. The international literary network the nun established and exploited in these efforts never provided the nun the satisfaction she desired, though her wide-ranging geographic contacts gave the nun a forum to disseminate her ideas and added luster to her reputation even as the Tyranny remained unpublished. The chapter traces the publication history of the Tyranny.

Keywords: Arcangela Tarabotti; nun; Tyranny



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